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'The kids' faces light up': Meet the Dubliners who go all-out to decorate their homes for Christmas

These householders go the extra mile to bring a bit of happiness to their areas each winter.

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HUGE AMOUNTS ARE spent lighting up the capital’s streets and department stores each December.

But away from the high streets, many ordinary Dubliners also make a huge investment of their time and energy to decorate their own homes and gardens.

William Tilly of Bath Avenue Gardens in Dublin 4 festoons his front garden with a Santa- themed charity display each year. On the other side of the city, Francis and Johnny McGovern of St Brendan’s Crescent in Walkinstown transform their front room into a winter wonderland.

Donations for Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services at Harold’s Cross are being collected at each address.

The McGoverns’ Christmas Village is open to the public this weekend – and they can be contacted for private viewings after that at johnny1mcgovern@gmail.com. As for Mr Tilly’s display – well, it’s unlikely you’ll miss it if you’re passing the area.

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