Councillor Hearty hails success of Crossmaglen Halloween Festival

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Sinn Féin Councillor Terry Hearty has hailed this year’s Halloween Festival in Crossmaglen as a huge success. Speaking to Newry Times, Councillor Hearty said, “The Halloween Festival this year, was bigger and better than ever with large turnouts at all the events. The fireworks display on Wednesday evening was estimated at over 4,000 people and was spectacular. “There were people from Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, we also had visitors from County Antrim and the feedback from people attending the event was very positive. This festival was so successful because of the input of the community. He continued, “The funding for the festival was reduced from last year but with a great deal of work from the community and the voluntary sector they delivered an even more successful Halloween Festival. “The laughter and screams from the haunted tunnel in St Oliver Plunkett youth club speaks for itself. At times the queue extended to the road.” Hearty continued, “Once again this great success can be further built on. It could be part of the gathering of the clans for friends and relatives that emigrated, to gather in the South Armagh area. This would be an even greater boost for tourism in the area, a major help to hotels, restaurants and the bed and breakfast sector. “There are so many people to be thanked for this great event, firstly the South Armagh Halloween Festival Committee, Crossmaglen Community Association, Crossmaglen Rangers GAC, St Oliver Plunkett youth club, the Cross Square Hotel, Newry & Mourne District Council, the staff in the Community Centre, the Crossmaglen Fire and Rescue Service and the South Armagh Community alert groups.”
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