Clara ready for Christmas Lights big switch on

CRAIG Flynn and Bertie McMahon have been chosen to officially switch on the Christmas lights in Clara this year. The lights will be switched on at 7pm this Friday, December 2.

CRAIG Flynn and Bertie McMahon have been chosen to officially switch on the Christmas lights in Clara this year. The lights will be switched on at 7pm this Friday, December 2.

This is the second year that a younger and older person has been chosen to turn on the lights. Craig and Bertie have been chosen by the committee to say thanks to them for their on-going community work.

11 year old Craig has already been involved in a number of community projects in Clara. Up until the start of the soccer season he regularly took part in Saturday morning litter-picks with the tidy towns group. However Saturday mornings are now taken up playing in goal for Clara town under 13’s.

Craig also played in goals for Clara GAA under 12’s and Scoil Phroinsious this year. He was also involved in the distribution and collection of household surveys for the Clara action plan last Christmas. The 11 year old is best known for organising an illuminated balloon launch for the past two years in memory of those who died in the parish.

Bertie McMahon has been involved in community work in Clara for many years. He organises the St. Patricks day parade and previously organised childrens Christmas parades, having first taken part in parades with Toff’s carnival in 1957. Bertie has also been involved in various local committees including the Fire station action group, a previous lights committee and the original Clara development association in 1983.

Co-incidently both Bertie and Craig have been working together on a new project for next St. Patricks day. Bertie is turning next years St. Patrick’s day parade into a 3 day festival. As part of the festival Craig is organising a special fun event with safe water based activities at the Riverside park in Charlestown. The pair are currently seeking funding for the project. They are also seeking volunteers to help on the day. They hope that the event will both encourage young people to take part in community projects and to appreciate the river Brosna which flows through Clara.

This is the second year that the current Clara lights committee has looked after the Christmas lighting. Last year saw improvements to the lighting with further improvements promised this year. The committee wishes to thanks all who have helped in any way with the lighting especially those involved with putting them up in recent weeks and those who supported fundraising efforts including the Christmas lights lotto. Another fundraiser will take place following the switch-on. “Human Horse Racing” takes place in DOC’s lounge on Friday, December 2 at 9.30pm.

Everyone is invited to the Big Switch-On in the square on Friday evening next. Activities start at 6.30pm with music. Santa will be led up to the square at 7pm by the Clara Town band where he will meet the children with the switch on following santa’s arrival.