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Dublin: -1 °C Monday 18 November, 2019
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Henry Street lights up with no repeat of overcrowding seen on Grafton Street

Smithfield will be illuminated on Thursday 24 November from 4pm.

Freya Warton (4) from Greek Street, Dublin sits on her mother's shoulders as the Christmas Lights are switched on on Henry Street.
Freya Warton (4) from Greek Street, Dublin sits on her mother's shoulders as the Christmas Lights are switched on on Henry Street.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

THE LIGHTING OF the Christmas lights on Henry Street went off last night without any problems.

Sunday’s lighting event on Grafton Street, 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.

Dublin Town said that the event was cut short due to concerns over safety and comfort.

One attendee, Rachel Bennett, told Joe Duffy on RTÉs Liveline, “It was just mayhem, you couldn’t hear anything going on whatsoever.”

However, last night’s event attracted a much smaller crowd and went off without incident.

CEO of Dublin Town Richard Guiney told TheJournal.ie earlier this week that though the events have grown in recent years, last night wasn’t anticipated to be a big event due to timing and weather.

“The weather won’t be mild and that will have an impact. We wouldn’t expect the same numbers on a Thursday evening either.”

Smithfield will be illuminated on Thursday 24 November from 4pm.

Read: Huge crowds not expected at Henry St lights ceremony after Grafton St event described as ‘mayhem’

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