As we celebrate Christmas we should remember those less fortunate than ourselves, Craigavon Mayor Colin McCusker has said.
Mr McCusker said, “Christmas is a very special time, a time to spend with family and friends, reflect on a busy year and plan for the New Year ahead. As I look ahead to 2015, I see the 31st March looming large, and a busy three months as I bring my Mayoral year to a close.
“For many of us Christmas can be a very happy time but it can also be difficult for people. All of us will, myself included, be remembering loved ones who are no longer with us, friends and families who are spending Christmas in other countries and those who are working or volunteering on Christmas Day.
“So, as we celebrate this Christmas season, may I ask you all to remember others less fortunate than ourselves in your thoughts. Please take time to reflect and count your blessings, look after your neighbours, especially the elderly and those who live alone.
In her Chrsitmas message deputy Mayor Catherine Seeley said: “I hope that your Christmas is both enjoyable and peaceful and I would like to wish you all a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.”
“Nollaig Shona agus Bliain Úr faoi mhaise daoibh!
“On behalf of myself and my party colleagues, John O’Dowd MLA and all our Council team, I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and prosperous, happy New Year.
“2014 has been a challenging year for all in political life, with 2015 set to bring further challenges. Let us all now enjoy a break to celebrate Christmas and return refreshed in January to make 2015 a year of progress for all.
“Go raibh síocháin na Nollag inár measc agus bíodh Nollaig mhór mhaith agaibh go léir.”