By Dan Walsh
Bree Community Development Group recently secured a grant of €5,000 from Wexford County Council to provide Christmas lighting for Bree village and the fruits of their labour transformed the village into festival mode when illuminations were switched on for the first-time last weekend.
The pleasure of switching on was assigned to Ger Mackey, District Manager Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, with able assistance from local Cllr Cathal Byrne and Paul Kehoe TD, and the children of the village provided a rousing countdown chorus.
The Covid-19 restrictions inhibited public participation in the project, however, there is an understanding in this regard and a warm welcome and appreciation for the community efforts in lighting up the village for Christmas and the Support Local message is top of everyone’s gift list this year.
The project is centred on two local landmarks; the magnificent Bree Community Centre, which also features an outdoor crib, and the Dick Joynt Memorial Garden. Many homes and business premises in the village have brought an added festive feel with the walking trails at Bree Hill as the perfect backdrop to community spirit and initiative.