In the coming days all businesses in the town will receive a letter with regards the Christmas Lights.
At Monday evening’s Chamber meeting, both the President Seamus Browne and the Chamber Secretary Brian King called on all businesses to make a contribution to the lights. The Christmas Lights for Roscrea have historically been funded by the town’s business community. Most would agree that they are an important aspect in encouraging customers to come into the town for Christmas shopping but also an important part of a childhood Christmas.
Best wishes to Padraic Madden who has kindly volunteered to help Roscrea Chamber Of Commerce collect the Christmas Lights subscriptions this year. Padraic is pictured here at the official turning on of the lights which took place as part of the “Taste of Roscrea Festival”. Padraic is joined by Santa Claus and he’s Elves who were invited to the festival by Roscrea Credit Union. Padraic is also joined by the Chamber President, Seamus Browne and by members of the Chamber committee for Roscrea.
The cost of putting up / taking down & running costs of the Christmas Lights each year are substantial and the administration work in organising the lights and the collection of fees each year is also quiet substantial.
The contribution requested this year for the lights is €95.00. Chamber delegates at the recent monthly meeting considered this very fair and businesses will note that the contribution sought this year is the same as Christmas 2012.
The Chamber has stressed that if we are to continue enjoying Christmas Lights in Roscrea over the forthcoming years then it is imperative now more than ever that all businesses make a contribution to the cost of the lights. All businesses that give their contribution will be issued with a shop front window sticker stating that their business has supported the Christmas Lights and the general public through press releases etc will be encouraged to support those businesses.
Padraic Madden has kindly volunteered his time to help the Chamber collect the Christmas Lights contributions. Padraic was a great support to the Chamber throughout the year and he’s enthusiasm for helping the Chamber is most welcome. The Chamber are asking local businesses to be courteous with Padraic as it is a difficult job that he has embarked upon. Padraic’s mobile for your reference is 087 1357616
As Chairman of the Town Enhancement Plan, Brian king stressed that he has still not given up hope of the Market Square project which the Council was asked to consider two years ago. The project will involve convincing the Council to put a small roundabout in Market Square. The Chamber would like to see a base placed on the roundabout which can be filled with flowers and shrubs during the year and could house a giant Christmas tree every December which would become a major Christmas focal point for the town. Brian King said that he had received great support from local businesses who want to see this project come to fruition. Brian King stated while the Enhancement Plan has an overall plan for Market Square, at the moment this is very much a concept and if we could deliver on the roundabout and a floral/Christmas tree initiative in the interim it would be a much welcomed addition to the town
The Chamber would like to takes this opportunity to congratulate all involved in “The Taste Of Roscrea” Christmas festival. The event once again was a remarkable success. The Chamber would like to encourage people to spend local and the Chamber would like to thank the Council and the local Councilors who agreed to the Chamber’s request to free parking in the town on the weekends in the run up to Christmas.
The Chamber would also like to acknowledge the Lions Club and the Kickback Café whose great efforts on Thursday last helped keep of the Christmas season in Roscrea in great style.