Nothing adds festive cheer quite like Christmas lights and on December 7, the bustling south county Longford town of Ballymahon will turn on its 2012 lights. Starting at 7pm the evening, which is organised by the Ballymahon Traders’ Association (BTA), will include a visit from Santa Claus and some welcome Christmas surprises. Everyone is invited to come along and join in the fun outside the Ballymahon Community Library.
As this special season approaches, the BTA can proudly look back on 2012 with a sense of achievement. Over the last 12 months this group of some 40 businesses has come together to bring about such events as the Helium Fun Run, a series of new flower baskets and a memorable St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“It has been another very successful year for the Ballymahon Traders’ Association,” said Jackie White, PRO of the BTA.
Currently, the association is running a Shop Local campaign in conjunction with St. Matthew’s National School (NS).
“This is a pilot scheme which aims to encourage the next generation to shop local and educate them as to what it means to keep shopping locally,” said Ms White.
She added: “We hope to extend this out to the wider community and involve all the schools within a ten mile radius next year. On behalf of the BTA, I would like to thank St. Matthew’s NS and all involved for making this year such a great success.”
The picturesque town of Ballymahon wouldn’t have the reputation it has if it weren’t for the local Tidy Towns volunteers. This dedicated group meets every Sunday morning at 9am.
“They are always looking for new volunteers and everyone is welcome,” said Ms White. “On behalf of the BTA, I would like to thank all these hard workers.”
Looking back on 2012, a key date in the BTA diary was the Ballymahon Heritage Day. Ms White complimented all those that participated and noted that without their support the day would not have been possible.
“We look forward to an even bigger and better event in 2013,” said Ms White.
She added: “Finally, we would like to thank the local county council representatives, our mayor Sean Farrell, all those who sponsored and participated in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Helium Fun Run, and everyone who helped in any way to make 2012 another great year.”