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3D Christmas Light Show to Illuminate O’ Connell Street

An artist's impression of how the illumination will look.
An Artists impression of how the illumination will appear. Photo courtesy to Limerick City and County Council

A 3D ‘illumination light show’ will take place in Limerick city-centre over the next couple of weeks.

The specially designed light show will be projected onto the façade of Penny’s department store on O’ Connell Street from Tuesday, December 8.

Limerick City and County Council Economic development officer, Mary Hayes said: “This show will bring one of the most iconic buildings on Limerick’s main thoroughfare to life with festive animations and spectacular seasonal surprises.”

The display itself is two minutes long, and will be shown every evening from 5pm until midnight, until December 23.

“We hope that the illumination will add more vibrancy and animate the city, lending to the festive atmosphere already in place. Seating and street food kiosks will also be installed in the urban garden to the front of Penneys, while local bands will also play each Saturday,” Ms Hayes added.

Director of Limerick 2020, Mike Fitzpatrick said: “3D projection video mapping and building projection have now become fused into a new art form that allows public spaces to be turned into stunning video canvases. This illumination, which has been designed specifically for this site, will certainly enhance the experience of visitors to the city over the coming weeks.”

The 3D light show is the latest in a series of projects taking place around Limerick as part of the ‘Christmas in Limerick’ programme.

The programme began on November  15 with the switching on of the Christmas lights.

‘Christmas in Limerick’ sees a host of other events happen around Limerick City and County during the Christmas period.

‘Limerick on Ice’, Ireland’s longest established skating rink, opened last week and will run until January  10.

Other events include the ‘Enchanted by Franc’, a Medieval Christmas Experience at King John’s Castle’, and the Christmas Racing Festival at Limerick Racecourse, which will take place on December 29.

The programme also features live music and comedy shows all around the city, Christmas carol concerts, pantos, kiddies workshops, theatre events, and festive food events such as the annual Christmas Markets at the Milk Market.

A full list of events can be seen at http://christmas.limerick.ie/

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