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It’s that time of year

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Whatever your thoughts on the usefulness of New Year Resolutions, just a reminder of our local facilities to get your 2015 off to a suitably-energetic start …

Trillick is fortunate to have a good gym and golf course on our doorstep, and if you’re feeling the need to ‘burn off some turkey’, the Leisure Centre have put together an impressive selection of activities – see below (click to enlarge to full-screen to read programme details):

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Best wishes for 2015.

 

Happy Christmas 2014

Despite ‘soft’ weather on Saturday afternoon,  Trillick Main Street hosted a very enjoyable Christmas community festival, with entertainment for all of the community.

The marquee in King’s Yard was crowded, with lots of local crafts, and some not-so-local, on display – including  hand-engraved glass pendants, hand-decorated hessian cloth products, unique Christmas decorations from Lisnhanna and ‘the Wee Room at Magheralough  School’, cakes / pastries / mince pies and Yule logs made by Trilick Youth Club, as well as candy floss, sweets and toys. Seasonal music, lights, the  welcome heat and complementary mince pies / mulled ‘wine’ from Trillick 2020  members all contributed to the seasonal atmosphere. Apparently, sales were brisk and it was great to see the creativity and entrepreneurial skills of our local youngsters.

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Across the road at the Courthouse, the Young  Farmers provided games, face painting and fun for the young children all  afternoon. Then at 3.45, the annual Christmas Carol Service showcased all our children – from the four primary schools of Trillick and Kilskeery – to sing together, under Fiona Donnelly’s direction. 

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This was interspersed with wonderfully-performed seasonal tunes from Kilskeery Silver Band, greatly enjoyed by the large crowd from across the whole Trillick district. A short  speech from Trillick 2020 Chairman Fergal Corrigan then saw his ‘helper’ Laoise Mullan do the honours by switching on Trillick’s lights.
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Soon after, Santa Claus arrived on his horse and  cart, to great cheers and wonderment from the young children. Santa then entered his grotto and gave out individual presents and photos to  over 200 young children from the district.
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Meanwhile, at King’s Yard, the Mummers arrived in  style to deliver high drama, noise, colour and costume to the very appreciative  audience. Great crack and a welcome revival of a long tradition in the area.

Overall, a very successful afternoon that brought  business to the town and gave an outlet to local craft skills, enterprise and entertainment in a well-supported cross-community event. Many thanks to Trillick 2020 members for all their hard work and time  in organising this event, especially Bernie, Malachy and Fergal, Michael King for his yard, Jim Henderson, BJT Hire, Young Farmers Club, Geraldine Kelly for her grotto, Joan, the band, choir, the stewards, neighbourhood police and all who helped out to make this a safe and enjoyable event for the whole Trillick community.

Thanks for your support for our village site in its first year and best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

Trillick Christmas Festival – Saturday 6 December 2014

December is here, the decorations are going up and  Malachy and Tom are getting ready for the ‘Black Friday’ surge of shoppers to  hit, any day now(!).  The ‘Trillick Christmas’ signs are up, the 3 trees have  arrived, the lights are up and the raffle tickets  are on the counters – it must be time for:

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Come along this Saturday 6th December, from 2-6pm, to officially launch your Festive Season, in Trillick.  There will be something  for all ages, a variety of local crafts stalls, festive food and refreshments,  music and live entertainment.

Join  in the cross-community Carol singing around the tree at 3.30pm, with the (new  and improved) lights being switched on and Santa himself arriving around 4pm. The ancient custom of ‘mumming’ has had something of a resurgence recently, and local mummers will be there at around 4pm.  There will be fun’n’games in the Courthouse all afternoon, then Santa’s presents for the infants and primary school children (and, we’re reliably informed, especially for all those who sing-up in the Carol service).

We’ve even ‘booked good weather’ but just in case, there’s a covered marquee and indoor events. Be part of your Trillick Community, and support  our traders this Christmas / New Year.  See you there.

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