BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This December, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Nenagh will host Nenagh’s first ever Christmas Tree Festival. The Festival will provide free advertising to the businesses of Nenagh who choose to participate, and an extra dimension to the spirit and enjoyment of Christmas to the many citizens we hope will visit! It is hoped also that we will tempt groups from outside the immediate locality, bringing extra Christmas business into our local shops and markets. The benefits don’t stop there; valuable fundraising for our chosen charity, as well as for our own urgent projects is high on the agenda.
So, how does it work? From, the “exhibitor” point of view you would apply to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will allocate you a slot, on a first come first served basis. Display benches will be set up in the church, with plenty of power sockets for lights if desired. Decorated trees should be set up and in position during and by the end of Friday 12th December. Businesses, clubs, charities and organisations of any and every description can, and definitely should, take this opportunity to promote themselves to potentially a whole new set of customers! The trees can be real or fake, traditional or “adventurous”, anything goes - up to a maximum height of around five feet. The more variety the better to entertain the visitors and remember - there is absolutely no charge for all that publicity!
From the visitor point of view – just turn up and enjoy! Admission will be €3 per person, with children (accompanied by an adult) free. Refreshments will be available for sale along with a tempting selection of home-made jams, chutneys and crafts. There will also be a raffle and various musical and worship events are planned to take place during the Festival.
The official opening of the St. Mary’s Nenagh Christmas Tree Festival will take place on Saturday 13th and the Festival will run until Sunday 21st December. Our chosen charity that we shall be supporting through this Festival is the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. For more information on events, exhibiting, visiting or to join the emailing list for updates, please contact email@example.com or call 089 4901511.
Saturday 13th: 6.30 pm Opening of Festival
Sunday 14th – Sunday 21st: Festival open daily 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm.Refreshments available, and Afternoon Teas served from 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Monday 15th: 3.00 pm Organ music. 8.00 pm Compline by Candlelight
Tuesday 16th: 3.15 pm Carols from Junior Choir
Wednesday 17th: 5.00 pm Carols from Nenagh Town Band group. 8.00 pm Compline by Candlelight.
Thursday 18th: 8.00 pm The Carol Service
Friday 19th: 3.00 pm Organ music. 8.00 pm Compline by Candlelight.
Saturday 20th: 8.00 pm Blue Christmas Service**
Sunday 21st: 3.00 pm Organ music. 7.45 pm Result of ‘Favourite Tree’ ballot and Raffle Draw. 8.00 pm Festival closes.
** Blue Christmas, or ‘Longest Night’ is a service for people suffering from pain, loss, isolation or grief, in the Advent Season. This service is usually held on or around 21st December – the longest night of the year. It is for those for whom Christmas time is not a time of joy – for those who are lonely, mourning, alienated, cast out from family celebrations. A Blue Christmas service offers special recognition of the struggles many people face during this season. The Blue Christmas Service will take place in St Mary’s at 8.00 pm on Saturday 20th December.