ANTICIPATION is growing in Newcastle West in advance of the big switch on of the town’s new Christmas lights this Saturday.
And, say the Newcastle West Chamber of Commerce and the Newcastle West Business Assocation who have spearheaded the drive for a new lighting system in the town, the new festive lights will transform the town centre.
“There is an open invitation to everyone to come along and join in the party at 4pm on Saturday,” Pat Magner, former president of the Chamber of Commerce said.
“We are spending approximately €150,000 over three years on new lights,” Seamus Hunt, chairman of the Newcastle West Business Association added. “The lights alone are costing €130,000.” The remainder of the money will go towards erection of the lights, insurance and electricity.
Work on putting up the new system began on Monday when a Christmas tree for the Square was also due to be delivered.
“We are inviting the councillors to turn on the lights because of their work in securing money for the new system,” Mr Hunt added.
But, he appealed to those businesses that have not already contributed to the lights, to do so as soon as possible. “We have the €20,000 from Limerick City and County Council and we have approximately €10,000 from local businesses and up to €4,000 from our collection boxes but we are still short up to €17,000 for this year.”
“Our hope is that when people see what has been achieved this year they will be encouraged to support us. We have made a big break-through this year and we need everybody’s support because we have also taken on a big challenge.”
The lighting up ceremony will take place at 4pm this Saturday in the Square.
Meanwhile, Limerick City and County Council has announced that, from December 3, there will be free parking from 3pm each day in Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Kilmallock and Limerick City The scheme will continue until Christmas Eve.
Cllr Michael Collins, told the council’s budget meeting last Friday that the Newcastle West councillors would be seeking a further €20,000 for lights next year.