The Christmas tree and permanent tree at the Square was yarn bombed yesterday, despite the horrid weather, by members of the local Knitting Club. Friday next will see Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Sean Power officially switch on the lights of the Christmas tree, with the Ballymore Eustace Concert Band/Prelude Ensemble performing. Vintage Santa will also raise the flags on the night at the Square which is maintained all year round with timely flags by Chris Dennison, and has now become a focal point in the village.
Vintage Santa above will help to raise the Santa Flags on Friday evening
Afterwards, crowds can adjourn to Fogarty’s Garden Pavilion where there will be seasonal punch for the adults, juice for the kiddies, a visit from Santa with a pressie for each child, lots of festive cheer and seasonal music with the Bartons! There is a Hamper in Fogarty’s to be raffled, to support the purchase of Santa pressies and of course, a visit from the great man himself.
Festivities continue that night, with Mick’s the venue and BAG hosting the 8th Annual ‘Vibe for Larry’ also on Friday, December 7. Alas, owing to unforeseen circumstances, BEDS Night of Comedy at the Bandhall to be hosted over the weekend, has had to be deferred until the New Year.
Ladies of the local Knitting Club dressing the trees today
Instead, members of BEDS will give storytelling and theatrics in Mick’s on Saturday 8. On Sunday 9, at 1pm at the Square, there will be a Christmas Bonnet/Hat Competition and Christmas Treasure Hunt Quiz for the kiddies, with prizes. At 3pm, the festivities continue with Santa Chocolate Apples and story telling for young and old in Mick Murphy’s.
Paddy’s present their Annual Woolly Jumper night from 6-9pm Christmas with sing along and fab prizes (above) for the Best Ladies and Gents Christmas Jumper, sponsored by Kerrieanne O’Sullivan and Ben Goldmsith of Ballymore Eustace CDA and Tidy Towns.
Also on Sunday, 9 December at 4pm, Blessington Millennium Choir will host a concert at St John’s Church, with Musical Director Yvonne O’Connor. Tickets 10 euro, available from Grania Glancy at 087 125 3190 or at Today’s Local Mini Market. AS there’s limited seating, book early. A very festive weekend coming up!
Other activities during the week include Grandparents/Seniors Day at Scoil Muire National School on Tuesday, December 11 from 10.30am. Cupán tae, ceol, caint agus craic! Always a lovely day out for extended family and students. The Social Group who meet every Thursday in the Resource Centre will be heading to Tulfarris House Hotel for Christmas Dinner on December 13. If you’d like to join them, be sure to drop into the Centre on Thursday next between 10.30am-12 and give your name.
The Annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party will be held in Tulfarris on Sunday, December 16 at 2pm. The list of names for people wishing to attend is in the Post Office, or you can contact any of the committee members. The 26th Annual Senior Citizens Draw will be hosted in Paddy’s on 21 December. Fab prizes and hampers to be won – tickets only €2 euro each for 3 for €5.
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