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Thursday, 21st January 2021

LoveDrogheda leaving the lights on to brighten the dark days of winter

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Christmas seems like a distant memory and most households have long since put their decorations back in the cupboard, but the LoveDrogheda Business Improvement District (BID) team have decided to brighten our dark winter days and nights this year, and into the future, by leaving the Christmas street lights on until the end of January.

The decision was taken by the BID company who are committed to improving and supporting the town of Drogheda as part of a developing lighting strategy that LoveDrogheda BID are presently working on.

'We wanted to add a bit of colour and cheer to our towns streets during our darker days of winter” said BID Chairman, Niall Kierans. “Part of this is already evident with the festoon lighting along the North and South Quays which will remain lit throughout the year.”

“The festoon lighting was received with great praise and acknowledgement among locals and the few visitors that Drogheda had over the Christmas season” remarked BID CEO, Trevor Connelly.

“The work of the fledgeling LoveDrogheda BID is of great interest to many other towns, who keenly observe what other progressive towns are doing to support and improve their towns. Such was the level of interest that praise had come from as far away as Officials of Lisburn City who were very complimentary of what we had achieved.”

“The festoon project would not have progressed only for the collaborative approach adopted by Drogheda Port, Louth County Council and Scotch Hall who were only too willing to work with the LoveDrogheda BID” Board member Jackie Jollife said.

“It is a project that worked well and we intend to repeat this exercise elsewhere in the coming years.”

BID PRO, Sarah Taaffe in conjunction with Drogheda Museum and the Drogheda Festivals sub Committee got sponsorship from The Morning Star bar and spearheaded the Millmount Star which can be seen for miles around.

“The star is a sign of hope and is also part of Drogheda's crest, so what better symbol to proudly display for all to see, it is only the start of a great beginning” commented Sarah.

“Our lighting projects and the LoveDrogheda Gift Card represent a very significant investment in the future of Drogheda by Drogheda's ratepayers” said BID treasurer Declan Kierans.

“Coupled with the fact that LoveDrogheda BID are actively pursuing matched funding from a number of Government agencies for a number of other projects, we can safely say that Drogheda Ratepayers are now beginning to see the benefit of voting for a Business Improvement District for the town.”

Details of the matched funding projects will be made available by the LoveDrogheda BID in the coming weeks.

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