The Cullen family home in Mountmellick
The town of Mountmellick is still reeling after floods hit yesterday, but tonight there is a more joyful sight to behold.
Along with the flashing lights of the emergency services who are still working to clear flooded homes, there are now Christmas lights twinkling on the home of Padraig and Geraldine Cullen in Acragar.
Padraig is still adding the finishing touches, with his home already outlined in white lights, and homemade laser baubles on a tree.
"I will put a garland around the door and a reindeer and a Christmas tree in the Laois colours, blue and white," he told the Leinster Express, wearing a miners torch to light his way.
"The family usually think I'm mad, climbing the roof, I am particular about it, I'm a big child behind it all. It's a bit of cheer, with all the doom and gloom," he said.
His mother Kay Cullen on OMoore Street is among the hundreds of people whose homes were damaged in the floods.
"The water came in but it wasn't as bad as some people," said Padraig, who returned to Mountmellick from Longford after he retired.
"I was the same there, we would get the kids to come round and have a switch up on the night, it' a bit of fun," he said.
For reports on Mountmellick flooding, see www.leinsterexpress.ie