Clon community welcomes in 2018
An estimated crowd of 250 – many carrying lighted lamps and torches, attended the New Year’s Eve “Ringing in the New Year” event at Asna Square, Clonakilty, organised by the Clonakilty Mayoral Council, (which was held at 8pm, this year instead of the usual time of 12 midnight).
Included were many children and families – including in some cases three generations out together.
Mayor John Loughnan and fellow members of the Mayoral Council (which organised the event), along with young children in attendance, assembled under the chestnut tree where he extended a welcome to all.
Several musicians – including Ger Deasy, Kathleen Spillane, James Calnan and John Joyce volunteered their time and talents and lead the crowd in singing Christmas Carols.
In his address, the Mayor commended everyone who had added so much to Clonakilty over the last year – in business and as members and volunteers in the dozens of local organisations and clubs. He welcomed the opening of the new Clonakilty Blackpudding plant during the year but expressed his regret at the recent closure of McCarthy’s Newsagents after 105 years and encouraged people to always shop local which supports the local economy and jobs and businesses who are so generous in supporting the local community.
He thanked all who were involved in making the event such as success, including Mike Deasy who erected the information signs, local media, the clergy from the various churches who announced the event at services and the musicians who gave of their time before the ceremony concluded with Ger O’ Driscoll on trumpet playing “Amhrán an na bhFiann”.