Local businesses light up Patrick Street

Patrick Street, Kilkenny traders at the switch-on of their first Christmas lights. Picture: Michael Brophy.
Community effort paid off when the Christmas lights were turned on for the first time on Patrick Street last Friday.

Community effort paid off when the Christmas lights were turned on for the first time on Patrick Street last Friday.

Business owners and residents joined forces and raised funds for a set of Christmas lights to illuminate the street.

David Fitzgerald explained how a street meeting was recently held and it was agreed to purchase a set of Christmas lights.

“A few months ago we held a street meeting and invited residents and businesses on the street to come along.

“As a group we decided that we needed to promote the street more. It is one of the access roads into the city and is an important street in it’s own right.

“It is also unique in that it is all local businesses. There are a lot of very successful businesses on the street. Really we should have done it years ago,” said David.

Another local businessperson who was delighted to be involved in the venture was Christopher Heltzel.

“It is fantastic to see one of Kilkenny’s most beautiful streets lit up with festive spirit and this for the first time ever!

“It goes to show how great things can be done when there is good community spirit.

“A special thanks to David Fitzgerald and to all the businesses and residents for their input and help in driving this idea forward. The Christmas lights went from idea to reality within the space of a few weeks”

“Hopefully the Christmas lights will encourage more people to visit the various businesses on Patrick Street - where there is great food, clothes, gifts, jewellery, hair and beauty salons ,” he added.

Meanwhile across the city A Very Kilkenny Christmas aims to provide people with incentives to come into the city centre this Christmas. A Christmas train, music on High Street, igloos and a reindeer bronco on the Parade, a candle lighting ceremony, storytelling for children, a Christmas treasure trail, a gathering of Christmas jumpers on the Parade, and even a 12 flavours of Christmas food trail, are some of the events planned.