‘Families must be light-hearted, enthusiastic and easy going, with a willingness to make fun of one another while also supporting each other through Christmas challenges.’
President Higgins and Sabina turned on the Christmas lights at Áras An Uachtaráin linking the decorations with the light that “always shines for the global Irish family”.
The company which operates the flow of electricity on the national grid has said the all-time record peak demand for supply, dating back to 2010, has been broken twice in the last seven days.
Eirgrid said the final shut-down today of the first of two peat-burning power stations in the Midlands has been factored into their projections for supply and demand in 2021.
But the company has warned of the risk of electricity deficit situations arising in the coming months.
Grafton Street, Dublin 2.
From top: Tereza Mytakou (left) from Greece and Merve Ataman from Turkey, both Phd students in TCD; health care workers Sinead Lynch (left) and Caoimhe Clark; Alison Smithers (left) with Ella, Peaches and Michelle Flaherty; Zdenek Raiser and Martina Melikova and their daughter Anna.
The new normal.
Yesterday: No Quarter Given
Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The switching on of the Christmas tree lights outside Leinster House with political luminaries including Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin, President of Sinn Féin Mary Lou McDonald, Leas-Cheann Comhairle Pat The Cope Gallagher, Soc Dem co-leader Róisín Shortall and a festive-hatted Minister for Sports Shane Ross.
Xmas illuminations across Dublin city part of the ‘Winter Lights Dublin City’ project presented by Dublin City Council.
From top: City Hall (pics 1 and 2); Liberty Hall, Custom House, Samuel Beckett Bridge (5 and 6) and Custom House.
Liffey Street , Dublin 1.
Padriag Pendred and Ursulsa Kelly at the turning on of the Christmas lights by DublinTown
There are two special Christmas trees in Dublin on Liffey Street and South King Street in partnership with Visa.
Each tree is adorned with 3,000 ice white LED lights and an additional 3,000 coloured lights will be activated upon receipt of a contactless donation to Temple Street Hospital.
Not just famous for its pottery and late night chipper.
Another charitable Christmas house for your viewing pleasure. The Burke family in Arklow [Co Wicklow] have lit up their home every year for the past 21 years in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.
Do-gooding Hollister-clad light hoggers.
Pics: Michael Kelly/WicklowNews.net