THE Lord Mayor of Dublin got in touch with his feminine side at the weekend to mark the Chinese New Year in the capital.
As part of a week-long celebration, Andrew Montague attended a special performance of Puccini's Chinese-themed opera, 'Turandot', in the newly covered Temple Bar Meeting House Square on Saturday night.
When it was time for his close-up he put on a brave face and had his make-up done as part of Chinese customs that sees men act as women and women act as men.
"The make-up is a Chinese tradition of Peking opera. Dun Laoghaire art students did the make-up and were absolutely amazing. It's the first time I've had make-up on alright but it was a really enjoyable event," said Mr Montague.
"It was spectacular and we were very lucky to have this event in Dublin and a big congratulations to everyone involved. The opera itself and the Chinese New Year festival committee did a great job."
The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee has teamed up with Dublin City Council to host a series of events across the city.
According to the Chinese calendar, this year is the Year of the Dragon and it officially begins today.
More details on the Dublin festival can be found online at www.cny.ie