By Dan Walsh
Normally thousands of people would turn out to be part of the switch-on of the Christmas Lights in Gorey, but the Covid 19 restrictions caused a change to the plans and instead of a family celebration, the lights ‘just came on quietly’ in Gorey tonight.
They are stunning and bright and the benefit from the additional funds allocated to the Christmas budget where all the old lights were rewired and now are as new and LED efficient it makes for the brightest Gorey’s streets have ever been.
There are 16 Lanterns at Esmonde Street, 16 Star Motifs, also on Esmonde Street, 11 New Street Crossings on the Main Street, a New Street crossing at the junction between Main Street and Arklow Road, and a New Street crossing at the junction between Main Street and Esmonde Street.
All lights for trees on Main Street are bright – dull sets have been replaced, Welcome to Gorey sign at AIB; Nollaig Shona O Guaire sign at entrance to Gorey Civic Offices, 12 trees on the way up to Gorey Civic Square are lit up along with three large trees on the Plaza.
There are reindeers and other lights too, and the Christmas trees. Christmas Tree at Tesco Roundabout and Christmas Tree outside The Market Square, while the Market House is decorated as in previous years but will benefit from some new features.
No Christmas Lights Switch-On event in Gorey this year due to Public Health guidelines, however, it is planned to bring some Christmas cheer to the local communities with a contribution towards Christmas lights in the villages.
This scheme aims to support communities in the Gorey-Kilmuckridge Municipal District to meet some of the costs of the provision of Christmas lighting. The scheme is a once-off, modest contribution to assist communities in these exceptional times.