Chairman of the Ballybay Tidy Towns Committee, Martin Gleeson is appealing to a local who caused damage to the Christmas tree lights to “Man up and pay for the damage”. The lights on the tree were damaged over Christmas when a local decided to climb the tree and cause the damage to the lights which is estimated to be over €100. Speaking to the Ballybay News a very annoyed Martin Gleeson said, “Lots of people work very hard to ensure we have Christmas lights and trees for the good of the whole community. I am appalled that an individual thinks its funny to damage the lights on the towns Christmas tree. I would make two appeals. I have already reported the matter to the local Garda and I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to notify the Garda promptly. Secondly, I would appeal directly to the person who caused the damage to man up and do the decent thing and pay for the damage. If they are not man enough to hand themselves in they could at least put the money in an envelope and leave it in the local Garda Station”. A number of locals have been in touch about the lights and in particular they wanted thanks passed to Therese Hamilton, Gerry Mc Elroy and Gabriel Kerr who arranged for the erection of the lights once again this year.