‘Winter Lights’ return to illuminate Dublin City

As the month-long festival returns, Eric Ryan captures some of the inner-city locations that have been lit up by festive projections.

For the third consecutive year, Dublin’s Winter Lights festival has returned to restore some much-needed brightness and festive cheer to the people of Dublin.

[The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1]

Marking the beginning of the Christmas season, the project organised by the Dublin City Council will be running from December 1st to January 1st and will project festive lights across 17 different locations.

The eco-friendly projections feature 157,800 LEDs, 15,780 metres of cable and 100 tonnes of equipment. Some of the lights that power the projections run on 80% of their traditional predecessors.

The projection that covers City Hall uses the same amount of electrical power as two dishwashers and the display at the Hugh Lane Gallery uses the equivalent of a vacuum cleaner. 

[City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2]

[The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1]

This year’s festival has several new locations as well as new artworks from a range of artists. These locations include the Triumphal Arch at the CHQ, the Mater Hospital, Capital Dock, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship.

Perhaps the most imaginative and captivating piece of them all is the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Named ‘Keep on Moving’ it’s a four-minute dance routine by Richmond Barracks Over-55s Movement Group that captures themes of strength, resilience and fun.

[Samuel Beckett Bridge, North Wall Quay]

Smithfield’s display has been improved and will feature photos of frontline workers to commemorate their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and the projections at the Civic Offices plays a three minute shadow puppet animation. 

The Dublin City Culture Company worked with community groups and artists to create the new displays. These groups include Croft Nursing Home, Hollybrook Nursing Home and Henrietta Street Adult & Community Education Service (HACE). They collaborated with artists Steve MacDevitt, Alan Dunne, Helen Barry, Ben Redmond and Aoife McAtamney. 

[Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8]

[The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1]

[The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2]

[Parliament Street, Dublin 2]

[Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2]

[Samuel Beckett Bridge, North Wall Quay]

Full list of projection locations:

  • The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1
  • The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
  • The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
  • Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2
  • City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
  • Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin 4
  • Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
  • The Mater Hospital

Full list of lighting locations:

  • Millennium Bridge
  • O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
  • Parliament Street, Dublin 2
  • Samuel Beckett Bridge 
  • Capital Dock
  • The Jeanie Johnston Ship
  • CHQ Triumphal Arch

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