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Hayes Christmas lights display in Shanagolden on November 25

Hayes Christmas Lights display in Shanagolden Co. Limerick

Hayes Christmas lights display in Shanagolden on November 25

Next Sunday, November 25, the annual Hayes Christmas Lights display of nearly 150,000 lights will be turned on in Shanagolden Co. Limerick.

The Hayes family are back this year with their huge display of Christmas lights. It is growing to be one of the largest displays of Christmas lights in Limerick.

Talking about this year’s light display, Cormac Hayes said “We started in 1997 it has grown for years our biggest inspiration was our dad, my dad started the tradition. It brings people together and at the end of the day, it is nice to give back to charity. People come from all over, Cork, Waterford, Clare and we promote it well on social media. The more people that come to see the display the more donations you can raise.

The lights will be switched on at 5 pm by special guests which are to be announced on Saturday, November 24. The Hayes winter wonderland of lights will kick off the festive season bringing this Christmas to life right before our very eyes!

Hayes Christmas Lights

Hayes Christmas Lights

There will be a huge variety of lights on display, Cormac said “We started putting up the lights on September 8 and only finished last week. Almost 150,000 lights have been used this Christmas. There are flamingos, dogs, seals, Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, the Church, the Choir, an open crib, unicorns and a massive six-foot airplane saying NorthPole among many others

On the night there will also be a very special visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus! Children can bring their Santa letters with them as they will be able to deliver it to Santa themselves!

Don’t miss out on this beautiful display as it is in aid of two fantastic charities, Milford Children’s Hospice and The Children’s Ark Unit in University Hospital Limerick.

On Sunday, December 2, there will be a spectacular event where the Limerick hurling team plus the Liam McCarthy Cup and the Limerick ladies football team along with their cup will be at the light display from 5 pm until 7 pm. There will be a big surprise for both Limerick teams on the night. Take your opportunity to get a picture with these champs! “A 12ft Christmas tree dedicated to the hurlers and the women football team has also been put up”.

On both nights D.J, Joe Scanlon will be playing. You could also be in with a chance of winning fabulous prizes that will be up for grabs at the raffle on Sunday, December 2. There will be a Memory Tree in remembrance of those who aren’t here this Christmas. The idea is that you write a loved one’s name on a piece of card and hang it on the tree.

There will be a one-way system in place and when you drive into the village of Shanagolden, you will be directed towards the Hayes Christmas Lights. It is requested that people do not park in front of neighbour’s driveways and please pay attention to the safety of people around you.
There will be a donation buckets at the gate from Sunday, November 25 until Sunday, January 6 for Milford Hospice Limerick and The Children’s Ark. Every cent raised from Hayes Christmas Lights will go towards these amazing charities.



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