Sleigh Bells Ring 2013 O’Connell Street Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Come hear those Sleigh bells ringing in O’Connell Street, on Sunday 24th November, 2013 as Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, arrives by sleigh to turn on the Christmas tree lights of the city’s biggest Christmas tree.

A feast of entertainment and festive spirit awaits you as we celebrate the start of the Christmas season. There will be something for everyone with entertainment from the Army Band, Gospel Choirs and the Monica Loughman Ballet Group. A family fun zone with festival carousel, giant games and other surprises shouldn’t be missed!  We will also be trying to break Dublin’s 2011 record for the most Geansaí Nollaigs in one place. Come dressed in your Geansaí Nollaig and get yourself into the record books.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn says “On behalf of Dublin City Council I am calling on everyone to come into the city on the 24th November and experience the magic of our annual tree lighting ceremony here in O’Connell Street. It’s always a wonderful day in the city and it will be a great event, especially for children.  I can’t wait to see all the Geansaí Nollaigs as we go to beat Dublin’s 2011 World Record!  The on-street collection this year will be for the Mansion House Fuel Fund which is one of Dublin’s oldest charities and monies collected are distributed to those in need in Dublin via charities including Dublin Simon Community and St. Vincent de Paul.  Dublin has something for everyone in the run up to the Christmas season and I hope to see many of you in Dublin city over the next few weeks for what is always a magical time in our city.”

Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin City Business Improvement District says “The magic of Dublin at Christmas cannot be matched and there is a real buzz already being felt around the city.  For many Dubliners the turning on of the Christmas tree lights is the time when the Christmas season begins in earnest.  We would encourage everyone and particularly families to come into the city and enjoy its unique Christmas atmosphere and join in with all of the fun and excitement.  Every year people speak about being brought into the city to see the lights when they were a child and these special childhood memories are revived each year when Christmas comes around again.  This year, with the support of Luas Cross City, we are offering a free bag minding service on both Liffey Street and in the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre.  People can drop off their bags and collect them later that day or even the following week and if they so choose our friends in An Post will deliver them home to them. So you can really come in and soak up the atmosphere, take it easy and catch up with your friends and family in the city”.

The festivities on O’Connell Street will kick off at 3.30pm with the Christmas tree being switched on at 6.00pm.

Dublin City is a truly special place at Christmas time with a huge variety of events taking place during the weeks running up to Christmas. Check out Dublin City’s yuletide website for full details.

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Running Order:

Start Time       End Time    Detail
15:30:00         16:00:00      Army Band

16:00:00          16:25:00     St. Andrew Choir

16:30:00          16:55:00      LGS Gospel Singers

17:00:00          17:45:00     Monica Loughman Ballet
17:45:00          18:00:00     Halleluia Gospel Choir

18:00:00          18:05:00     Lord Mayor Lights the Tree

18:05:00          18:10:00    Halleluia Gospel Choir


Mansion House Fuel Fund

The Mansion House Fuel Fund  was set up by Sir John Arnott in 1891.  It was originally set up to assist the needy during a particularly hard winter.  At the end of that winter the surplus was carried over to the next year and the Mansion House Fuel Fund has continued to aid the needy in Dublin since.  It is one of the oldest charities in Dublin.  The Mansion House Fuel Fund distributes cash grants through a number of Charitable Societies, without any distinction of creed.  It was one of the first truly Ecumenical Charities in the City.

The Mansion House Fuel Fund is the Lord Mayor’s only personal charity.  The Lord Mayor is Chairman of the Fund and is assisted by the Secretary and Treasurer.  The committee meets twice a year with the Lord Mayor to determine the level of grants to be allocated to the recognised Charitable Bodies during the winter months.  There are no paid staff running the Charity with the only costs incurred being postage and audit.  All donations go to those in need.