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Christmas joy as Malones light up family home again

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LIGHTS INSIDE AND OUT The Malone family of Kilmaine, Mum Lisa, Dad Eoin, Cory, Chloe and baby Levi pictured inside their home, which is covered in Christmas lights, inside and out, to raise money for charity. Pic: Paul Mealey

Anton McNulty

There was more than a sprinkling of goodwill and Christmas joy at the Malone household in Kilmaine last weekend.
Over 10,000 Christmas lights covering the family home and garden were switched on last Saturday night for what is becoming an annual event at their home in Creevarroddaun, Kilmaine.
This is the fourth year that the Lisa and Eoin Malone and their three children, Corey, Chloe and Levi, have lit up their home in Christmas lights to raise funds for charity. Speaking to The Mayo News, Lisa Malone said the entire house is covered in Christmas lights, bringing plenty of Christmas joy to the neighbourhood.
“We don’t have a particular theme, we just have all different lights and decorations, and we keep adding to them every year. We obviously have the crib and the elves and candy canes, along with the reindeers and sleighs and, of course, Santa Claus,” she said.
“There is great fun when people see the lights go on for the first time, and there is always a big intake of breath. When adults see the lights for the first time there is almost a childishness about them as they react, which is lovely,” she said.
This is the fourth year that the family have used their outdoor Christmas lights to raise money for worthy causes. But it all started after a misunderstanding.
“We were living in Ballinrobe, and we always covered our house with lights just for ourselves and our children. Someone came to the house to make a donation, and we had to explain the lights were just for ourselves. People said we should do it for charity, and while we were not sure, we decided in the end to go for it,” she explained.
Ambulance service
This year’s recipients is BUMBLEance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service, which provides safe and comfortable transportation for Ireland’s youngest patients as they travel between their homes and hospitals.
“We usually do something for a family, and this year I asked people on Facebook to give their suggestions. So many people got in touch saying such good things about BUMBLEance that we had to go with them,” she said.
A donation bucket is left outside the family home, and anyone who visits to view the lights is encouraged to leave a donation. However, Lisa said, people are not obliged to leave a donation – she and her family are happy for people to visit and simply enjoy the Christmas spirit.