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PHOTOS Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony UL 2015



Liam O’ Brien on stage out in UL. Photo by I Love Limerick Correspondent Sarah O’Connell.

By I Love Limerick correspondent Irene Bermingham.

Christmas 2015 arrived at the University of Limerick on Tuesday evening, December 2. The annual Christmas lighting ceremony UL 2015 was conducted by Professor Don Barry, President of UL.

The big moment of the evening came when Professor Don Barry, asked everyone in attendance to join him in his countdown to the switching on of the lights. 



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Dr.Eoin Devereux Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Limerick enjoying the festivities. Photo:Sarah O’Connell

Eoin Devereux then took to the stage to thank everyone involved in organising the lighting ceremony. Eoin is part of the organising committee for the event and has been MCing the event for the last 5 consecutive years.

From Liam O’Brien’s wonderful renditions of Rudolph the rednose reindeer and other traditional favourites, to Santa’s meet and greets in the Grotto. There was plenty of entertainment for the kids of UL.

For the adults, there was complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, along with an array of food and craft stalls on display. Irina Petrunina from Limerick craft hub, was one of many locals who had stalls at the event.  Irina’s collection of Christmas gifts included an array of beautiful crafts handmade from wool, yarn and lace. Being a local craftswoman, Irina has been coming to the UL Christmas lighting event for a number of years with her products.

We got talking to the main man of the evening, Mr Clause. He shared his favourite aspect of returning to the lighting ceremony each and every year, “I see so many faces that I have seen the year before, so I see them growing up and it is amazing.”  Santa praised the university and commented that it is “almost like the heart of Limerick”, praising the children of UL for their politeness. 

The Christmas Lighting ceremony UL 2015, was a success as always, bringing much joy and excitement to the students and staff of UL, in the build-up to the Christmas season.

Photos by Sarah O’Connell for I Love Limerick, all rights reserved.

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