Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival is launched

Brian Keyes

Reporter:

Brian Keyes

Christmas Tree Festival

At the Christmas Tree Festival Launch in St. Canices Cathedral were: Ian McCullogh, Shirley Parr, Mary Mulholland, Pat Nolan, Joy Bibby, Sarah Myers, Fran Moore, Elizabeth Keyes, Aiden Roycroft, Heath

You still have time to enter a tree to plant into the Forest of unknown species of Christmas trees discovered in Kilkenny. This is the third amazing Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival which is now part of the Yulefest programme.
The trees can be entered from businesses, individuals, schools, sports clubs, musical groups etc. The trees will vary from tall and inspiring to small and delicate but made out of all sorts of products associated with the entrant. Some edible, some whacky, some arty, all with their own take on this special tree that adorns our homes each year. Tree entries are free and the closing date is November 30 .
There will also be themed talks, children’s activities with some Carols sung by the junior choir. Tasty treats, teas, mulled punch and a seasonal stall, raffle are all part of the festival. All info is on St Canice’s Cathedral and Yulefest websites/facebook. The Festival will be opened by well known local historian and tourism expert Pat Nolan at 11am on Friday 8th December. It remains open till Wednesday 13th for visiting with a small entrance fee.
This year an international group of bellringers (Campanologists) on Sunday 10th December will ring a full peal consisting of over 5,000 changes around the 8 bells. The bells will ring out across the city over three hours and will be under the welcoming eye of our tower captain Ian McCullagh. Ian will do a talk followed by a visit to the belfry on Saturday, December 9 at 2pm as part of the programme of events.