The festive spirit continues to grow in Galway City as Mayor Mike Cubbard officially switched on the Christmas lights in Eyre Square tonight. As shops re-open their doors and the Christmas shopping gets into full swing, those visiting the city can look forward to seeing the new lights in Eyre Square from 4pm daily until the New Year.
An exciting new addition ‘Lights of Hope’ has been added to Eyre Square this year, centred on the iconic Galway Hooker monument, which will be able to be seen from across the city. These lights of hope come at time as the country exits Level 5 restrictions and act a symbol of the hope of a bright future in 2021 as we look forward to emerging from Covid-19.
As a result of Covid-19 and its impact on local businesses, Galway City Council has invested over €160,000 in the Christmas in Galway Experience this year. More lights and Christmas trees will be added across the city in the coming days.
Galway City Council will also have a number of other plans in place to boost spirits this Christmas. In partnership with Badoirí an Cladaigh, Galways Hookers can be seen on display in the Claddagh Basin each weekend in the lead up to Christmas (weather dependent) and our new exhibition will open in Eyre Square Shopping Centre with art work on display from members of Youth Work Ireland.
We urge people at this time to enjoy Galway City Centre, to shop local and supports businesses that are providing employment and support for our communities. However, it is essential that in the lead up to Christmas that we continue to observe social distancing and we all take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe Christmas for all.
Please consider people with mobility issues when you are shopping in the City, wear a face mask, social distance and continue to sanitise your hands. We are also asking people to comply with the queuing guidelines and directions of businesses.
The people of Galway have worked extremely hard in the last few weeks to supress the virus and we need to continue that work in the coming weeks.