Updated: 20/11/17 : 15:15:02
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World Champion switches on Sligo's Christmas Lights

On Saturday evening Sligo County Council and Sligo Business Improvement District switched on the town's Christmas lights to mark the start of the festive season.

The guest of honour was World and European Gold medal winning swimming champion, Mona McSharry. The Grange teenager was assisted in the switching on of the lights by Cathaoirleach, Cllr Seamus Kilgannon.

A selection of Christmas Carols sung by members of choirs from the 2017 Sligo Choral Festival delighted everyone.

Hundreds of local Sligo had braved the chilly night to witness the event on O'Connell St.

Sligo County Council was represented by Cathaoirleach Seamus Kilgannon, Cllr Tom MacSharry, Cllr Rosaleen O’Grady and Cllr Marie Casserley. Sligo Business Improvement District expressed their thanks to Michael McDonagh and his team for the seamless installation of the frames, wrapped trees and over 42,000 LED fairy lights.

                                                 Waiting for the 'Switch On'

Since Sligo BID took over the responsibility for the lights it has increased the number of illuminated frames from 12 to 47 and included 16 trees. It is also the first time that High St and Adelaide St have been illuminated.

The Christmas lights will be in place for the duration of the Christmas period and Sligo BID have thanked all the businesses who are decorating their premises for the festive season.

                                                   The lights are switched on

         Members of choirs from the 2017 Sligo Choral Festival entertaining on the night

 Pictured at the event were (l-r) Pat Grimes, Odilon Hunt, Cllr Tom MacSharry, Finbarr Filan (Chair - Sligo BID), Cllr Seamus Kilgannon (Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council) Mona McSharry (World and European Gold medal winning swimming Champion), Cllr Rosaleen O'Grady, Des Faul (Sligo Chamber President), Cllr Marie Casserly and Gail McGibbon (CEO Sligo BID)


Meanwhile there is heartbreak in Tubbercurry where locals have launched an appeal after the theft of the Christmas Lights cables in the town.

Emergency fundraising is underway today to raise €2,000 needed to replace the cables.

Chairperson of Tubbercurry Chamber of Commerce, Geraldine Brennan has condemned the theft saying it was a 'mean-spirited crime'.