Solemn switch-on of Grafton Street lights
Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30
A Solemn minute's silence preceded the annual turning on of the Christmas lights on Dublin's Grafton Street.
The event is normally a joyous and fun-filled family occasion, but this year's ceremony, which normally kick-starts the seasonal spending, adopted a different tone to show respect for the victims of the Paris attacks.
The minute's silence took place at Stephen's Green at 4pm before the High Kings entertained the crowds. Santa Claus and stars of the Gaiety pantomime were also on hand as Grafton Street was illuminated.
Retailers are expecting this to be the busiest Christmas in years, as shoppers take to the streets once again.