Monday 16 October 2017

Christmas time officially starts as trees switch on

Mark and Lucky Frances with their daughter, 9 year old Sarah, from Trim, Co Meath, winners of the Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street
Mark and Lucky Frances with their daughter, 9 year old Sarah, from Trim, Co Meath, winners of the Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street
Richard Guiney, CEO of DublinTown.ie and Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisn Quinn turn on the lights at Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street where 857 festive Christmas jumpers smashed the world record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
Edward Keegan and Jenny Wilson from Castleknock at Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street
Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street where 857 festive Christmas jumpers smashed the world record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
Kevin Bouguennec gets in the spirit of Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street where 857 festive Christmas jumpers smashed the world record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
Hubert Tarink from Swords enjoying Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street where 857 festive Christmas jumpers smashed the world record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
Steven and Shauna Riordan from Kildare with Richard and Amanda Bruce from Lucan at Geansai Nollaig Day 2013 on O'Connell Street where 857 festive Christmas jumpers smashed the world record for the most Christmas jumpers in one place.
At the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Richard Guiney Dublin Town and Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn with the winners of the best Xmas jumpers Mark and Frances Hyland Trim with their daughter Sarah, age 9 and dog Lucky
Jenny Wilson and Edward Keegan, Castleknock at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Aisling Wilson, Miltown at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
At the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron/Collins
Mark and Frances Hyland Trim with their daughter Sarah, age 9 and dog Lucky at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Alex Little, age 11 and her sister Robin, age 9 at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Orla O'Sullivan, Avril Walsh, Orna Fiennes, Edel McDaid, Jess Garvey and Molly O'Keeffe, Donegal at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Sarah Hyland age 9 and her dog Lucky, Trim at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Mark and Frances Hyland Trim with their daughter Sarah, age 9 and dog Lucky at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Melody Wright, age 7, Clontarf at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Shauna and Steven O'Riordan at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
A little child in the crowd at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
A little child in the crowd at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
A ballerina at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin. P
Eleanor Lacey age 2, and her mum Sarah Cabra at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Eleanor Lacey age 2, Cabra at the turning on of the Christmas tree lights on O'Connell Street in Dublin.
Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublintown.ie, Frances, Sarah, 9 and Mark Highland, their dog Milky winners of the Geansai Nollaig challenge and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn light up O'Connell street at Dublin's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Pictured the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn lights up O'Connell street at Dublin's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Oisin Quinn lights up O'Connell street at Dublin's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Edward Keegan and Jennifer Wilson who took part in the Geansai Nollaig challenge on O'Connell Street.
Cathy and Robert Porter, Paddy Wilson, Edward Keegan, Jennifer Wilson, Aisling Wilson and Patrick Wilson who took part in the Geansai Nollaig challenge on O'Connell street, a world record attempt at gathering the highest number of Christmas jumpers in the one place all in aid of Temple Street Children's Hospital which took place as part of Dublin's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisin Quinn.
Pictured is Aisling Wilson from Milltown who took part in the Geansai Nollaig challenge on O'Connell street,
Johnathan Daly and Aoife McDermott Daly, 10 from Dublin 1,

Eimear Rabbitte

FESTIVE cheer was in the air in Dublin tonight as several iconic Christmas trees came to life.

Thousands of revellers gathered in the city centre for the O'Connell Street Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, while many went southside to witness the Grafton Street Christmas tree being switched on.

Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn was on hand to turn O'Connell Street shades of blue, red and green.

Officials confirmed up to 6,000 people had turned out for the festivities, which included carol singing and a Christmas jumper competition.

“This is the first day of Christmas and everything looks fantastic,” explained the Mayor.

The festivities began early yesterday afternoon as an array of musical talent, including the Army Band, the Hallelujah Gospel Choir and the Monica Loughman Ballet took to a stage erected at the centre of the busy street.

Merry go rounds, magicians and carol singers were also on hand to entertain revellers throughout the day.

Santa's sleigh had pride of place at the celebration as the one-horse carriage escorted Father Christmas, his elves and the Lord Mayor from the Mansion House in time for the lighting ceremony at approximately 6pm.

The Sleigh was organised by Walk, an organisation founded in 1967 to support people with disabilities.

The Santa Sleigh initiative is the first of a series of projects designed by Walk to help to integrate people with intellectual disabilities into their surrounding communities.

Across on Grafton Street, TV3 presenter Elaine Crowley was on hand to officially flick the switch on the lights on the Christmas tree at the top of the city's busy shopping thoroughfare.

The lighting ceremony was in association with charity Focus Ireland, which launched its annual Sponsor A Star campaign.

The campaign is hoping to raise over €250,000 by asking businesses to sponsor a star on a Christmas tree dedicated to people who are homeless.

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