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Lighting the way: Lollipop lady lights up Christmas


Light the way: Lollipop Emily Flevin  Photo: Tara Morgan

Light the way: Lollipop Emily Flevin Photo: Tara Morgan

Light the way: Lollipop Emily Flevin Photo: Tara Morgan

ALL parts of Dublin are lighting up with Christmas spirit. Emily Flevin is a lollipop lady from Clonsilla who, in her festive get-up, is more visible than most.

Every year, Emily selects a range of costumes and uses fairy lights as accessories to greet the children of St Mochta's National School in Dublin 15. Even her Stop sign is decorated with a string of lights for the holidays.

Emily has been dressing up at Christmas for 16 years to the delight of the pupils she helps to cross the road to school.

"It brings a lot of joy to a child and that's why I do it," she told the Herald.

"Not everyone goes to school with a smile so a smile from the warden can go a long way. I love my job and I'm a real Christmas person," she added.

She wears 100 lights daily and changes her costume every day. Sometimes it's a santy with a big belly or Christmas tree.

Across the city, Cora Cordoba and her husband Alfonso (inset) pay tribute to Christmas with a display of 25,000 lights around their house in Dalkey.

The display has been a feature of Christmas in the area for thirty years.

"We started it when our kids were very, very small," the mum-of-three said.

Now the couple have grandchildren who will grow up visiting the impressive winter wonderland.

"Even if we wanted to stop we couldn't. We have people knocking on the door wondering when the lights are going on," she joked. "I do it for the expression on children's faces - it's magic."

Every year, the family choose a different theme and fly to the States to select new decorations to fit in.

"I start in August. I decide on a theme and go to get different decorations each year," she said.

"The decorations that don't fit in with a new theme are donated to a range of charities. We have mothers bringing their children now who came themselves as children," she revealed.

The family receive cards and presents each year from the hundreds of people who visit their home.