THE spirit of Christmas is very much alive in Aras Chontae with Kerry County Council agreeing to provide every support possible, including financial, to bring some festive season cheer to towns around the county.
The local authority already plays an important role in the gala festivities in Killarney, Tralee and Listowel but, it has emerged, officials won’t be saying Bah Humbug when it comes to spreading a little goodwill in Killorglin, Kenmare and Caherciveen.
Cllr Michael Cahill had urged the council to back local communities and business groups who are organising a Christmas atmosphere for the benefit of local families and, especially, children.
“Everybody needs a lift now and we would like to ensure the safe enjoyment of the festive season for all.
“As for this year in particular, it is very difficult to go cap-in-hand to the local businesses after the year that they have had,” Cllr Cahill remarked.
He welcomed the fact that chamber alliances in Killorglin, Caherciveen will each receive a one-off payment of €2,500 to help with the festivities and he said support should also be extended to Castleisland and Dingle so that a traditional Christmas in Kerry can be enjoyed.
Cllr Cahill expressed his gratitude to Kenmare Municipal District manager Martin O’Donoghue, development officer Siobhán Griffin and senior executive engineer Pádraig Teahan.