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Festival Of Light Returns To ‘Comer

by Jimmy Rhatigan

It’s been a tough 18 months for everybody, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Castlecomer prepares to shine this November 26.  After last year’s break, The Festival of Light returns to town, marking the start of the Christmas season. 

Yet again local schools are getting creative as they prepare lanterns which will form the magical parade of light from The Square to the Estate Yard. 

The event kicks off with the arrival of Santa at 6pm and following his ceremonial duties of turning on the town’s lights and stunning Christmas Tree, families from the community will parade to the Estate Yard at Castlecomer Discovery Park. 

The Estate Yard will be the venue for a Yuletide celebration with music, food and craft stalls until 9.30pm.

“We are really excited to be bringing back this event. Last year the organising committee had to cancel due to Covid restrictions which was so disappointing given the huge success of previous festivals. 

“Children have been especially impacted by the pandemic; this event will bring back some normality,” Moira Duggan Festival Organiser told Kilkenny Press.

This event is organised by the Synergy Group, a Town Development Association that aims to make sure that Castlecomer continues to be a great place to live, work and do business. 

Lighting up the town for Christmas is important for local businesses and for community spirit.

However there are costs associated with getting the town festive ready. Installation, replacement and connection requires funding.

This year the town is fundraising through a mega raffle, all thanks to the generosity of local businesses that have donated very attractive prizes. 

Tickets are now on sale in Eurospar, Rowe’s, Castlecomer Discovery Park, the Community Hall, and other sites around the town.

The attendance in previous years has been huge, and festival organisers are expecting a good turnout once more.  

To ensure the health and safety on the evening, the organisers are looking for marshals to help manage crowds on the evening. 

If you can help, please contact Moira Duggan on 086-0233168. 

Full details and updates @festivaloflightcastlecomer

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