TONY Noonan’s winter wonderland of lights in Templeglantine was one of the many casualties of the wet and stormy weather over the holiday period. But as weather conditions are set to improve from this Wednesday, Mr Noonan has decided to extend the festive season and keep his Christmas lights display going until next Sunday.
“We were doing great in the run-up to Christmas,” said Mr Noonan who transforms his home into a fairyland of lights each year in aid of various charities.
He turned on the lights in late November and was delighted that December 7, when Santa Claus paid a visit to his newly created Templeglantine grotto, proved to be his best ever. “We had the Carrigkerry Wrenboys and various sporting personalities but the main thing is that 520 children came to see Santa,” Mr Noonan told the Limerick Leader this week.
He was particularly happy that a threatened ESB strike and a potential drop in donations as a result of the salary top-up controversy in some charities never materialised. Instead, he said:“Our number were up. We got massive support and massive money.”
But the afternoon of St Stephen’s Day when the storm and rains hit changed things dramatically. “I am in Templeglantine 33 years and I have never seen anything like it,” Mr Noonan said. “We had no power on St Stephen’s night which is a massive night.” Over the following days as ESB workers laboured to reapir electricity faults, there were further outages for several hours. “I’d like to compliment the ESB workers, they did trojan work,” Mr Noonan added but he announced this Monday, December 6, the traditional last day of Christmas that he would not be switching off his lights.
Follow the large road signs from Abbeyfeale or from Barnagh to get to Noonans.