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Downpour fails to dampen spirits as Christmas lights switch on

Fergus Black

Published 26/11/2012 | 05:00

Frances and Mark Hyland, with their daughter Sarah and their dog Lucky, taking part in the Christmas jumper record attempt
Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise O Muiri, who turned on the Christmas tree lights in O'Connell Street, Dublin, with Santa and kids on his WALK sleigh, which helps raise awareness for people with intellectual disabilities

IT was more a case of rain, dear than Christmas cheer as revellers braved the elements to don reindeer antlers, Santa hats, flashing red lights and naff woolly jumpers to kick-start the festive season.

As Dublin's lord mayor pushed the button to light up the city's Christmas tree, the downpour put paid to attempts to smash the world record for the highest number of Christmas jumpers in the one place at the same time.

The rain-sodden event – which saw hundreds of hardy souls turn out for the entertainment which included signer Brian Kennedy – featured a record geansai attempt in aid of youth organisation Foroige.

Sporting their own illuminated festive jumpers, Mark and Frances Hyland, from Trim, Co Meath, along with their daughter Sarah (8) and family dog Lucky, did their best to ignore the atrocious conditions.

"We were here last year when we set the previous record so we decided to come again," said Mark.

"It's just a bit of fun to get the Christmas started."

The event preceded the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in O'Connell Street by Lord Mayor Naoise O Muiri. This year a traditional tree replaced the €300,000 glass tree that has been in place since 2008.

"We can't do anything about the weather but we are determined to keep the city open for business this Christmas," said Mr O Muiri.

Irish Independent

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