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2014 O’Connell Street Annual Christmas tree Lighting Ceremony #DublinatChristmas

Sunday, November 30th marks the real arrival of Christmas in Dublin city. That’s because Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke will turn on the lights on the O’Connell St Christmas Tree, the biggest and brightest in the capital.

The tree lighting takes place on O’Connell Street at 6pm and 11 year old Ashleigh Kiernan from ‘Make a Wish Foundation’ will join the Lord Mayor for the event which marks the traditional beginning of Christmas in Dublin.

Apart from the tree lighting, Dublin City Council has a feast of festive entertainment on offer from 3.30pm for the large crowd that is expected. There will be entertainment for everyone with the Army Band, the National Children’s Choir, Vladimir and musicians from the National Concert Hall and some of the cast from Aladdin at the Olympia as they perform some of the shows classics.

There will be lots of on-street entertainment for all the family. Don’t forget your Geansaí Nollaigs as we try to break last year’s record for the most Geansaí Nollaigs in one place!

“On behalf of Dublin City Council I invite everyone to come along to O’Connell Street on Sunday and enjoy the festive entertainment. The occasion of turning on the Christmas tree lights in O’Connell Street is a traditional part of Dublin’s Christmas going back many decades. Why not take the family in and experience this magical time of the year. There’s nowhere better for shopping and fun this weekend than Dublin City so come along to and don’t forget your Geansaí Nollaig!” said Lord Mayor Christy Burke.

DublinTown CEO Richard Guiney said: “There is no place quite like Dublin at Christmas time; the illumination of the cityscape at night-time is a spectacular sight that adds to the festive atmosphere. Christmas is the time when families really make the city their own. This year we are really confident of breaking the world record attempt for the most people in the one space wearing a Christmas jumper.  We look forward to seeing as many people as possible joining in the fun and celebrating the turning on of the Christmas tree lights.”
The event is just one of many in a packed family programme taking place during the weeks running up to Christmas.  Checkout Dublin’s Yuletide website www.dublinatchristmas.ie for further details.

The on-street collection this year will be for the Mansion House Fuel Fund which is one of Dublin’s oldest charities and the Make a Wish Foundation, a children’s charity which grants wishes to children with life threatening medical conditions.


For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277

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Notes to the Editor:

Running Order:

Army Band (Perform at GPO) 3.30
Aonghus McNally -  MC (introduces first act and each act thereafter) 3.50
National Children’s Choir 4.00
Olympia Panto (Aladdin) 4.25
Vladimir & Musicians  4.55
Hallelujah Choir 5.25
Lord Mayor and Ashleigh Kiernan (Make A Wish Foundation)
GeansaÍ Nollaig winner announced on stage. 5.55 on stage 
Hallelujah Choir    6.00-6.05 close 

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.