Monday 15 July 2019

Dublin's Spire returns to limelight

Dublin's O'Connell St
Dublin's O'Connell St

Lights are to shine once more on Dublin's Spire after months in the darkness.

Twelve massive coloured beams - the equivalent of 10,000 watts each - will be trained on the 120-metre high beacon as part of a light extravaganza over the coming days.

The nightly show will include a 14-metre video wall wrapped around the O'Connell Street landmark for people to live tweet on to it.

While the official hashtag to beam your message on the installation is #lightirl some are also unofficially using #relightmyspire.

Despite being known as the Monument of Light, the torch on top of the Spire which could be seen for miles across the capital has been broken since last year.

Matthew Cregan, from Glengormley, is one of a trio behind the project, which is two months in the making and was planned to coincide with St Patrick's Day celebrations and the United Nations Year of Light.

"There's going to be a huge bright searchlight in the sky - when we were testing it, you could see it as far out as Dundrum," he said.

"Lights will move all around the street and span out like a crown around the Spire.

"It will be spectacle like never seen before on O'Connell Street."

Such is the power of the light show, aviation authorities and Dublin Airport have been warned to put aircraft on alert.

It will run from 6pm to midnight from this evening until next Wednesday.

The show has been dedicated to the late lighting designer Rupert Murray, who was behind Riverdance, the Special Olympics and was involved in founding the St Patrick's Festival.

At the launch tonight, by Brendan O'Carroll, the Spire will be bathed in green.

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