The high winds and torrential rains brought to Ireland by Storm Clodagh over the weekend succeeded in wrecking a Christmas display in the heart of an Inishowen town square.
And, members of the Moville Christmas Tree Committee are again appealing to the generosity of local people following the destruction of the town’s festive display the harsg weather conditions.
There has already been a hard fought fundraising effort to get the display up and running this year. In fact it had looked very unlikely to happen due to a lack of funding. There is no statutory funding available for the display and each year the display relies upon the generosity of local people donations. Through the auspices of an online funding campaign the Moville Committee managed to get the display up and running and had planned for Santa Claus to switch the lights on officially this Sunday, December.
Committee Member Liam Doherty told the ‘Journal’ of his disappointment that Storm Clodagh have wrecked the display and explained how the weather conditions snapped the tree in half as well as smashing most of the lights which cost five euro each.
All in all, the display each year costs between 5,000-6,000 euros.
“The first thing we have to do is see if we can get another good quality Christmas tree, which is not an easy thing to do,” said Liam.
Despite the disappointment of the damage caused to the display Liam also said he was grateful that no one was walking past when the damage was caused otherwise they could have been badly hurt.
In an effort to replace the damaged display, which at one point didn’t look likely to happen at all, Liam Doherty said that the funding campaign remains open and are appealing for people to again dig deep.
Donations can be made at Gogetfunding.com/movillechristmastree.