International Year of Light Launch


The launch of the International Year of Light in Ireland took place on Friday 13th of March at the Spire in Dublin city centre which coincided with the kick-off of the 4 day St. Patrick’s Day festival. The Spire (or Monument of Light) is a 121.2 metre high landmark monument located on O’Connell St, right in the heart of Dublin city centre. It was illuminated for the first time by Philips Lighting and the lighting sequence was choreographed to Reel around the Sun from Riverdance. The Spire also streamed a live scrolling twitter feed using the hashtag #lightirl which featured messages from all around the world.

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This evening’s proceedings’ were overseen by Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, Brendan O’Carroll who pushed the button to illuminate the Spire of Dublin green at 7:15pm. Brendan was joined Susan Kirby, CEO of St. Patrick’s Festival, Professor Martin Leahy NUIG, and Professor John Sheridan UCD, of the National Committee for IYL in Ireland. They were joined by the UCD and NUIG Student Chapters.


The light installation and live twitter feed remained in place throughout St. Patrick’s Festival and had a prominent place at the centre location of St. Patrick’s Day parade.

St. Patrick’s Day 2015
St. Patrick’s Day 2015

The reaction from the launch