Santa keeping a close eye on the town hall

Let there be lights: Mayor of Killarney Cllr Michael Gleeson (second from right) and Mayor of Kerry Cllr Niall Kelleher (fourth from left) enjoying the fun on the street with Cllrs Niall O’Callaghan, Donal Grady, Brendan Cronin and Marie Moloney.
Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

CONSCIOUS of what became of Jack when he opted for an all work and no play lifestyle, the elected members of Killarney Municipal District Council certainly won’t be found wanting when it comes to fulfilling their social obligations as this fun photograph clearly demonstrates.

Normally caught up with more mundane issues like potholes and rates, signage and traffic, they were all too happy to escape from the regular political agenda for an hour or two to help spread some festive cheer on the streets of the town they love and represent.

Santa Claus has arrived in Killarney and his elves will be keeping a close eye on the town hall

Six of the seven councillors donned their festive attire to help out with the stewarding for the sensational Christmas Magic parade which wound its way through the streets shortly after dark on Saturday evening.

Predictably enough, red was the politicians’ colour of choice for the season that’s in it – a shade Labour councillor Marie Moloney is more than familiar with – but if there was a prize for the most spectacular costume then Cllr Donal Grady would have been the clear winner, with his dazzling hand-made Christmas suit, matched brilliantly with a snowman jumper complete with a carrot nose.

It was all fun and games for what was a very special and impressive occasion and let’s hope that the festive mood and spirit of goodwill will still be in evidence the next time our civic leaders meet up in less informal circumstances.’s well-placed sources in the North Pole – where pedestrianisation has been ruled out to avoid sleigh gridlock – have confirmed that his elves will be keeping a very close eye on the town hall chambers in the coming weeks.

And while there are one or two councillors in danger of featuring on a naughty list, if they all promise to knuckle down again early in the new year, Santa insists he’ll ensure that they will all have a very happy Christmas.

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