Dublin City Council’s spectacular ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ returned for a fourth year and ran across 21 locations in the city from 14th November to 1st January. Two walking trails were created, with colourful projections and lighting displays. Merrion Square was transformed into a magical winter walk with lighting, projection, live characters, and interactive elements.

  • Trinity College
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Beckett Bridge
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Custom House
  • Capitol Dock
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Mansion House
  • Digital Hub Windmill
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Hugh Lane Gallery
  • City Hall
  • Barnardo Square
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Civic Offices Wood Quay
  • Merrion Square Park
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Mater Hospital
  • Millennium Bridge
  • Merrion Square Park

This year photos of 76 people who work voluntarily in their local community were rotated on the sails in Smithfield as part of the programme. Those featured include sports coaches, tidy towns volunteers, and charity workers.

Community worker portraits for Dublin Winter Lights

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland was delighted to see the lights return: “I’ve been a huge fan of ‘Dublin Winter Lights’ ever since it began in 2018. The contrast between the bright lights and the dark evenings makes for a stunning backdrop to the city. I was delighted to see representative photos of so many of our community volunteers on the light sails of Smithfield Square. They really are the heart of every community. The Childrens Wall on Barnardo Square, which projected entries from our recent Children’s Art Competition was also delightful.”

No diesel generators were used this year. Instead where main power was not available we used Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel. HVO is made from 100% renewable waste materials and results in an up to 90% reduction in CO2 emissions, up to 86% reduction in particulate matter, and up to 30% reduction nitrogen oxide emissions. The eco-friendly lights featured 157,800 low power LEDs, 100 tonnes of equipment and 15,780 metres of cable. The majority of the installations used LED powered lighting. There are three versions of the LED, 300w, 400w and a new 500w, which is replacing what last year was 2500w.

The projectors used in Smithfield were new laser technology. The 24 projectors drew a total of 13 amps, which is the equivalent of a standard domestic socket. Custom House power usage last year was 40kw, whereas in 2021 with LED, we are down to 12kw power usage. Samuel Beckett Bridge’s LED lights used a total of 2kw (equivalent of vacuum cleaner).

We recycle all materials and branding from year to year. We store all the lighting in wooden crates each year and don’t use any single use plastics etc.

Dublin City Council would like to thank the following community groups for their involvement in Winter Lights 2021: Raheny Tidy Village Group, Griffith Crescent, The Fairview Marino Tuesday Club, Rivermount Summer Project, Donaghmede Estate Residents Association, Erin’s Isle, Edenmore Residents Association, Croftwood Residents and Youth, All Hallows Area Association, Cherry Orchard Boxing Club, Clonarf Residents Association, St. Johns Ambulance, Setanta GAA, Covid community volunteers, Ballymun Active Disability Interest Group, Bluebell Environmental Group, Belcare Park Residents Group, Walkinstown/Crumlin Forum, Ballymun Health and Fitness Community Group, Walkinstown Residents Association, Finglas Tidy Towns, St. Canices Parochial Hall, Ring St. Youth Club, First Responders, Drimnagh Residents Group, Order of Malta, Dublin City Volunteer Centre, Meeting Place Arch Club, Regeneration Board Dominick Hall.