Sunday, December 12th was a big day for the people of Carrickroe, especially the
younger folk as Santa took time out of hisd busy schedule to stop off at the Carrickroe
Community Centre, where a huge crowd had assembled. I think it was the good work
of Rosemary Coyle who persuaded him to make the call so well done to her and her
team. I had a quiet word with Santa before he departed and he told me that he loves
going to Carrickroe as the children are so good and always give him a great welcome.
He arrived in the cab of a very big truck, which he is using instead of a sleigh
so that he can get to many places quickly and so that he will not tire the reindeer
out before Christmas Eve. There was plenty going on when he arrived with the childrens'
choir singing carols and a magician doing tricks and children getting their faces
painted. There was a Dummy Fairy Box where children who were finished with their
dummies could leave it for the fairies and there were plenty of painting books and
a Post Box for children to post their letters to Santa. There was plenty of refreshments
too so no one went hungry. The Community Centre was decorated to the last and the
people of Carrickroe must be congratulated for the fantastic displays in the village
and approach roads. Santa switched on the lights of the huge Christmas Tree in the
village when he arrived and with that the Christmas season had certainly begun. All
children had the opportunity to visit Santa on stage and receive a present from him
and for some - it was an opportunity to get in a last minute request for a particular
item on Christmas Eve. There was also a gift for the Grandmas present. Indeed it
was wonderful to see so many parents more excited than the children to get shaking
Santa's hand. It was all a great event and brought cheer to the area and smiles on
most of the young faces.