Bumper year for West Limerick charity Christmas lights

Gerard Fitzgibbon

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Gerard Fitzgibbon

THE FAMILY behind West Limerick’s most famous Christmas lights display have thanked the local public for the extraordinary generosity which saw them raise over €14,000 for charity this year.

THE FAMILY behind West Limerick’s most famous Christmas lights display have thanked the local public for the extraordinary generosity which saw them raise over €14,000 for charity this year.

Over the festive season the spectacular lights display at the Noonan family home at Tullig North, Templeglantine, drew hundreds of visitors from across West Limerick and beyond.

A cheque for €14,300 which was collected by the Noonans by way of donations, bucket collections and community fundraising was recently presented to four beneficial charities: the Brothers of Charity services in Foynes and Newcastle West, Milford Care Centre in Castletroy and the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in Adare.

Tony Noonan said that he, his wife Hannah and their daughter Siobhan were “over the moon” with the amount of money donated by the public this year.

“We just want to say thank you to everyone who came along and donated a bit of money. We say the same thing every year – we don’t have any targets, even if we only raise €5 it’ll be something.

“It goes to show that even with everything else going on, people are still so generous. We’re over the moon”.

The Noonan family’s lights have become one of the highlights of Christmas in West Limerick for a number of years.

The huge display which adorns their house and garden is painstakingly expanded by the family each year, and the Noonans also bear all the costs of running the lights themselves.

Every night over the Christmas period, parents and children are invited to the Noonan home free of charge, with donation buckets dotted around their home.

This year the Noonans welcomed hundreds of people to their annual Christmas party, which saw a visit from Santa Claus and a free toy for all children. The county senior football champions, Dromcollogher-Broadford, also visited with the Fr Casey cup in tow.

This year also saw a fundraising night for the Noonans’ campaign at The Ramble Inn bar in Abbeyfeale, which was hosted by the West Limerick Singing Club.

This year’s total fundraising figure was one of the highest in recent years, and marks a particularly boon for the four beneficial charities.

Mr Noonan said that the relatively balmy winter had an impact, as during the winters of 2009 and 2010 icy road conditions made it difficult for many people to visit.