€52,822 was spent on Christmas lighting across the county by Laois Partnership Company in 2013.
The company offered a grant scheme for community Christmas lighting committees to upgrade to LED energy-efficient lighting.
Mountmellick Festival Committee received €12,000 to purchase lighting for the town centre, along Patrick Street and Parnell Street.
Mountmellick Christmas Tree Committee also received grant aid of €3,593 to decorate the town’s Christmas Tree in O’Connell Square.
€10,731 was given to Portarlington Traders Christmas Lights Committee to purchase lighting for the town’s Main Street and French Church Street.
Portarlington Christmas Lights Committee received a further €3,712 to decorate the four entrances of Market Square.
Portlaoise Christmas Lights Committee installed a selection of lighting on Main Street and some of its side streets, including Hinds Square, for a cost of €8,708.
Abbeyleix & District Lions Club received €9,000 to decorate the town’s Main Street.
€3,772 was given to Ballyroan Hall Association to completely upgrade the Christmas lighting display on the village green.
Finally, Borris-in-Ossory Development Association received grant aid of €1,306 for the town Christmas Tree and six trees located at the Millennium Fountain.
Michael Bergin, Chairman of Laois Partnership, said
“The LED Christmas Lights project was an environmentally friendly initiative driven by pro-active community groups in Borris-in-Ossory, Ballyroan, Portlaoise, Portarlington, Abbeyleix and Mountmellick. The project will significantly reduce energy consumption as well as saving money for the community groups involved.
“Our board was delighted to grant aid this project as part of our remit to stimulate community-driven environmental awareness.”
According to Laois Partnership, all the community groups involved have reported significant savings in their energy bills.