Major Fundraiser to Help Light Up Midleton

By Seamus Whelehan

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A fundraising campaign to have Midleton dazzle throughout the festive season, with a spectacular array of lights to bring a traditional feel to the Christmas countdown, has been launched.
A new Christmas Lights Committee, which includes local traders and members of the public, has been set up to replace the Christmas Lights for Midleton.
The group want to light the market town up like never before, and is planning to begin introducing lights into the side streets of the town’s and introduce five new wooden Reindeer and Sleighs made by the Midleton Men’s shed.
The new wooden features will be designed by Midleton’s five Primary Schools who, with the assistance of artist, John McHarg, will paint and decorate them.
The €80,000 replacement lighting project will also see the lighting on Main Street replaced, and a new Christmas tree purchased.
The project has received the majority of backing from the Local Authority, but financial support from the public and business community is also needed.
Retailer, Fergus McCarthy, said “our previous lights did not cope well with the Irish climate and the increasing level of storms in recent years, so we are on the hunt for suitable new lights.”
The spokesperson for the group overseeing the changes said a recent online survey seeking opinions on the current offering, has shown that the majority of the public want “simple lights” this festive season.
He said, while one person’s tinsel heaven is another person’s tinsel hell, one thing is certain “the Christmas tree is unpopular and will be replaced.”
The Committee is looking at two options- either a real tree, or the purchase of a fake tree which can be made bigger in time by adding new sections annually, as funds become available.
Cork County Council has provided €40,000 towards replacement lights, with the remaining fifty percent to come from local residents and the business community.
“The agreement means that every Euro we raise will be matched by the Council, so the success of this year’s fundraising is hugely important” said the Newsagent.
He said while the businesses will be asked to contribute, support from the entire community is also needed.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise over €10,000 for the high-street illuminations and can be accessed at https://www.gofundme.com/f/mmidleton-christmas-lights-fundraiser?pc=fb_dn_postdonate_r&fbclid=IwAR3yrYVpGTeamdketjFE0VoIhcuD0JOxxDVzFXLIvArsfMzsYhfv-d6sixw

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