11 Dec 2019

Christmas on the Green 2019

We had a great Christmas event on the Green last Saturday afternoon. It was our biggest turn-out yet, and it was lovely to see so many neighbours of all stages and ages turn up to sample the mulled wine and talk to Santa.

We had half an hour or so of Christmas swag-making to kick off the festivities. Some lovely leafy creations were created and are hanging on doors around the area. Thanks to the Tidy Districts Team for organising this. Thanks to them also for the great pallet Christmas trees and wreaths that are decorating our Green. (Hopefully the pallet trees won’t meet the same fate as last year, when someone threw one in the back of a van in the middle of the night and drove off with it.)

Santa arrived from the Larchfield Road direction at about 4.30pm ringing his magical bell. We understand he parked his sleigh in Rosemount. Good grazing for the reindeer he said. The kids were delighted to see him, and the selection box frenzy commenced. Liz, our head elf, did a great job keeping everyone in line despite the crazed sugar highs. Santa was then given the important job of turning on the Christmas lights. After a magical countdown Santa used his Santa-y magic and low and behold the lights went on. A hushed awe descended on the crowd, (video link). Seriously though, thanks to the helper elves for sorting out the lights on the tree!

Mince pies and crisps were scoffed, juice and mulled wine was quaffed. The odd politician or three turned up, and there were plenty of chats and lots of laughing.

We had an early Christmas present for those who came – a print-out of a brand new Roebuck memoir. Mrs. Eileen Graham, a long time resident of Larchfield Road, very kindly wrote a short and fascinating account of her life. She was ably helped in this task by her neighbour Ms. Marie Ryan. We’d like to thank Eileen and Marie very much for putting this together for us, and we were delighted to see Eileen at the event on Saturday.

Thanks to everyone who came, and to those who donated to Alone. We raised a total of €444, which has already been sent on to this hardworking charity.

Thanks to everyone who helped out – those who organised everything behind the scenes, those who helped give out the food and drink on the day, those who helped set up the marquees and tables, those who helped with the collection, those who cleaned up, Lynam’s who provided the mince pies, crisps and juice, and of course a special thank you to the big man in red himself. It’s a busy time of the year for him, so we’re very thankful he could fit our little event in!

We would like to wish all our members a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

This event was part-sponsored by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.