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Crowds shop under last year's Grafton Street lights.
Crowds shop under last year's Grafton Street lights.
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Organisers end Dublin Christmas lights ceremony early due to overcrowding

A statement from Dublin Town says the event was cut short due to concerns over safety and comfort.
Nov 14th 2016, 7:47 AM 26,381 20

AN EVENT TO mark the turning on of the Christmas lights on Dublin’s Grafton Street was ended early last night due to overcrowding.

The event, organised by business group Dublin Town, attracted larger than anticipated crowds, meaning some couldn’t see the event or hear music acts who were invited to perform.

A statement from Dublin Town says the event was cut short due to concerns over safety and comfort.

“The turning on of the Grafton Street Christmas lights captured the imagination of Dubliners to a greater extent than ever before and coupled with the mild weather the crowds were larger than anticipated.

Due to numbers and in the interest of safety and comfort, organisers decided to shorten the usual programme format meaning Hermitage Green, Glenn and Ronan, and the cast of the Gaiety Panto didn’t appear on stage.

“Also due to the large crowd organisers were conscious that those at the back of the crowd were unable to fully hear and enjoy the performances.”

It is estimated that 15,000 people attended the event.

The lights on Henry Street will be switched on this Thursday at 5pm, while Smithfield will be illuminated on Thursday, 24 November from 4pm.

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