Dazzling Dublin Winter Lights switched on!

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Dublin Winter Lights

For the month of December, locations all over the city centre have been transformed with colourful projections and lighting displays, including for the first time, Bank of Ireland College Green and the Central Plaza.

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithi de Roiste says, “As the dark winter nights close in, the ‘Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights’ illuminate the city centre each December. This year promises to be even better than before and I’m really looking
forward to seeing the full programme of locations. I know the projections and illuminations have been worked on by some of the best artists from Ireland and around the globe. So come on into town in December and enjoy seeing the city in all
its sparkling glory!”

Dublin Winter Lights
Pictured is The General Post Office, O’Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1 illuminated as part of Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights 2023. Picture Conor McCabe

Simon Clarke, from Dublin City Council’s Events section says, “To reduce our carbon footprint even more no generators will be used on the streets of Dublin to power projectors. Instead mains power will be used and using the latest laser and LED technology our projections will have low power requirements. All the projections and installations in Merrion Square Park will be powered using hydrotreated vegetable oil and localised battery storage which will charge during off peak hours.

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Pictured are Max,10 and Noah,8, Bellew from Raheny, at the opening of ‘Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights’ in Merrion Square. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

The power used to light the GPO is comparable to that used in six kettles, a domestic iron uses the same power as we’re using on the Central Plaza projections, the power used to light the Bank of Ireland projections is the equivalent use of two domestic ovens, while the statues will be illuminated using the same amount of power as a vacuum cleaner”.

Artists from all over the world were invited to submit applications for their work to feature on the GPO and Custom House buildings, as part of this year’s ‘Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights’ programme. The winning artwork on each building will be announced next week after consideration by an esteemed panel of internationally-recognised judges.

Pictured is the Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithi de Roiste with Eva Tierney, Aged 15 and Sean Bermingham, Aged 15, winners of the Children’s Art Competition for School Children as part of Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.


The winning artists will each be awarded a prize of €15,000. After 50,000 people attended the event last year, ‘Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights’ at Merrion Sq Park has also officially opened today. Tickets have been selling fast, but there are still some left. There is a €2 euro per adult booking charge.

Dublin Winter Lights
Pictured The Custom House as part of Dublin City Council Dublin Winter Lights 2023. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Each adult ticket admits two children. All tickets can be purchased at www.dublinwinterlights.ie Tickets are limited to a maximum of 4 adult tickets per person. Entry will start from 5pm each evening, with the last admissions at 9pm.

5pm to 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday evenings will be reserved for Relaxed Viewing Tickets.

This time slot is designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those who identify as neurodiverse. During this slot, no music will be played, people will have more space to move around and there will be a designated sensory unit away from the lights and sounds.

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