This Christmas season, the people of Glenties, who have done a fantastic job with their Christmas lights over the last 17 years, plan to light up the town in memory of loved ones who have passed on.
Brian Carr, chairman of the Glenties Development Committee, told the Democrat this week, “We have been lighting up Glenties for 17 years at Christmas and certainly we are one of the best lit-up towns in the country.”
He explained that the lights have come to the end of their lifespan but they will cost up to €10,000 to replace.
Despite generous donations from The Limelight, Inniskeel Co-op and Glenties Services, the funds still fall short. The committee also want to “progress into the LED era which raised the cost and we wanted to put up the best quality lights”, Brian said.
Brian came up with the idea of local people sponsoring a bulb in memory of a deceased loved one. “This s a great way of remembering those no longer with us by letting them shine a light down on us for Christmas,” Brian explained. The response has already been very positive.
The bulbs are on sale in Glenbrook Embroidery, Glenties services station, The Co-op and the charity shop in town at €3 each until Nov. 30th. Your loved one's name can be written on the bulb in the shop or you can take the bulb home and return it with the name on it.
The switch-on takes place on Sunday, Dec. 4th, with a remembrance service on Main Street and, of course, Santa and friends will also be there.