West Limerick family get set to switch on charity Christmas lights

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

The Christmas lights at Tony Noonan's house Templeglantine County Limerick.Pic. Sean Curtin/Press 22.
ANY DOUBTS that Christmas is well and truly on the way will be set aside this month when Templeglantine man Tony Noonan switches on his famous charity festive lights.

ANY DOUBTS that Christmas is well and truly on the way will be set aside this month when Templeglantine man Tony Noonan switches on his famous charity festive lights.

Every year Tony decorates his home and garden at Tullig North with over €10,000 worth of lights, and opens his doors to visitors from across the county, all in a bid to raise money for local charities.

This year’s collection will be switched on at a special ceremony at the Noonan home on Friday, November 22 at 7pm. As ever, people of all ages from near and far have been invited to come along and help kindle some early Christmas cheer.

Tony said that he and his family are forever grateful for the support people show the annual charity campaign, which has raised tens of thousands of euros to date.

“It’s totally free for everyone to come along, there’s no charge. We just want to help people get in the Christmas spirit. Every cent they donate goes straight to charity.”

Four charities working in Limerick and Kerry will benefit from the proceeds from this year’s lights display: the Brothers of Charity services in Newcastle West and Foynes, Milford Care Centre in Castletroy, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in Adare and the Castleisland branch of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.

Each year the Noonan family pay for the cost of running the display out of their own pocket, and are constantly adding new, bold and exciting lights to their already outstanding collection.

Details of the Noonan’s annual Christmas party and Santa visit, another popular fixture each year, will be announced in the coming weeks.