Newry’s 2017 Christmas decorations are still coming in for criticism online after last Thursdays ceremonial switch on with one person even suggesting the Christmas tree looked like it had been there from last Christmas.

The splendidly lit Town Hall contrasts dramatically with parts of Hill Street, the city’s main thoroughfare which seems barely lit. Several trees on the street although wired for lights don’t seem to be working, while some of the illuminations on the lamp posts are only partially lit. The lack of lighting caused one person to comment “Good job on making Hill St somewhere even less likely for people to go to. That street should be the centre of the town.”

Hill Street in Newry with Christmas lights ablaze. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Hill Street in Newry with Christmas lights ablaze. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

The Christmas Tree itself has bore the brunt of the not so festive frenzy with many lamenting it’s lack of lighting and decorations. One commentator said “Actually thought they forgot to turn the tree lights on” while another added “The tree decorations were terrible too, they look like someone stood blindfolded at the bottom and just started throwing”

A woman spoke of being asked by her child when the light were going to be turned on, after they had actually been turned on!

Another added “Me and my child was standing right beside it when the lights came on and my 3 year old bust out laughing at the state of the lights. Very poor effort.”

The Christmas Light Switch on at Marcus Square in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Christmas Light Switch on at Marcus Square in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Lamenting the tree a Facebook poster added “This year Christmas tree in Newry is the worst I have ever seen go to any other town or city there tree and street lights are lovely are our council not bother about what our town looks like”

Trying to inject some wit into the issue another commented “That looks like someone staggered out of the pub wearing a Santa's hat, saw a Christmas tree, decided to hurl a toilet roll over the top of the tree, then hung there Christmas hat on the tree and staggered on home!”

“I can't get over how poorly decorated the tree is this year. Just seen it today for the first time and it looks like it has been sitting there since last Christmas with all the decorations blown off.”

Christmas lights in Monaghan Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare
Christmas lights in Monaghan Street in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

One person criticised the timing of the switch on event “I say it every year, why is it so early, most people work till half 5 or 6 o’clock, have it about half 7 so people have a chance to get home and get washed and changed, oh and a lot more effort with that sad excuse for a tree”

The giant inflatable Santa towering over Newry Cathedral didn’t even miss out on flak with a woman commenting “My 8 yr old wants to know "why Santa is sad he's supposed to be happy"