‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’: Waterford community get into the festive spirit

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The elves and helpers in Santa’s County Waterford workshop would have been so envious had they seen the Christmas fashions that were on display in White’s Bar in Ballymacaw last Saturday night.

This was the Carbally Community Development Project’s first-ever Christmas jumper contest and to say it was warmly embraced would be an understatement. This was surely the largest display of Christmas ganseys anywhere outside of the North Pole this season.

Unfortunately the judges which had lined up to fly in from Lapland for the night were unable to make the journey, as the lack of snow in their region made it impossible for their sleighs to take off. Luckily two local Christmas jumper experts were at hand to pass judgement, Eleanor Halley and Shane Hennessy.

Santa Claus himself held the casting vote and kept a close eye on the proceedings over Skype. After much deliberation and some conferring with the grounded judges in Lapland via Facetime, the winner was finally announced. The title went to Antony Hayes who was wearing a very fetching pink number with the slogan ‘Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal’ emblazoned across the chest. You could see that ‘Joy To The World’ look on his face when he was presented with a copy of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas LP and a North Pole goody bag.

A very close second place went to Thomas Ryan wearing a very striking jumper that looked like a jacket, shirt and tie. It was mainly green with little snowmen, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, crescent moons and bits of holly on it. He’s definitely one to look out for in future contests.

In third place was a mysterious Lady In Red whom no one seemed to recognise. She wore a traditional red and white Santa style outfit with the hood up throughout the night. There will always be a place for her at the bar in White’s should she ever choose to return. The winner’s portrait is currently being prepared and will soon be hanging in the Carbally Hall Of Fame for the entire world to see.

Before Christmas broke out in White’s on Saturday night, it was the turn of the Carbally masterminds to be challenged in the Christmas quiz. Though the questions were very difficult, they didn’t pose much of a problem for those who participated. The eventual winners were The Club Orange team who only beat The Bachelors team by half a point. What a big box of brains they had there on the table between both teams.

"We would like to thank the owners and staff in White’s Bar for allowing the Christmas spirit to take over the premises for the night. We would also like to wish the whole community a Merry Christmas, and hopefully we can do it all again next year," a Carbally Community Development Project spokesperson told Waterford Live

All of the proceeds from the night will go towards a safety surface for the children’s playground.