*Imogen and Alan Brigdale. Photograph: Joe Buckley

IMOGEN BRIGDALE became the youngest person in Newmarket-on-Fergus to switch on the village’s Christmas lights.

Eight month old Imogen alongside her parents Jane and Alan watched by the community of Newmarket-on-Fergus turned on the Christmas tree lights in The Green on Saturday.

Boy soprano Seamus Maguire performed prior to the lights being flicked on with music provided by harpists from the Irish Traditional Music Institute based in Newmarket-on-Fergus.

A tractor run held to thank Ronald McDonald House for their care of Imogen saw €15,198.22 raised in October. Imogen spent seventy nights in Crumlin following a post-natal diagnosis of congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). Funds donated will “help families to face the weight of their children’s illness together,” Jane explained.

Prizes for a raffle held as part of the tractor run included The Crabtree Tavern, The Hunters Lodge, Dunnes Stores and Shannon Town Centre, Clare Oil, Crowe’s Gala Ministers Cross, Dairygold Coop Bunratty, The Shannon Springs Hotel, King’s Agri Parts, Dan Mc Inerney and Sons and Buckley Agri.

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