Christmas has officially started!

This year's Special Guest, Andrea Corr

For many people our annual Light Up A Life event and remembrance ceremony in Harold’s Cross marks the official start of Christmas. This year, celebrating 140 years of Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Andrea Corr will be our guest of honour, and we are delighted to welcome back Ian Dempsey as MC on our outdoor stage.

Our Light Up a Life ceremony and celebration is taking place on Sunday the 1st December at 3:45pm in the beautiful grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross.

We hope you will be able to join us for this moving and magical afternoon. Thousands of people will gather to commemorate the lives of their loved ones who have passed on, to look back with joy and to celebrate the festive season.

An entertaining day for your whole family filled with uplifting songs, Christmas merchandise, food and more!

It really will be an occasion to remember, with marvelous musical acts, including the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls Choir, Sopranos Geraldine McNamara, and Eimear Mangan, who will perform songs guaranteed to get you feeling festive.

We will have an array of festive merchandise to kick start your Christmas season.. so be sure to leave plenty of time to look through all the gifts, cards and plants that we will have available for purchase – it’s the perfect opportunity to do some Christmas preparation and buy what you need for friends and family ahead of the usual rush in the shops! Alternatively, make a start on your Christmas shopping now by browsing through the products available in our online shop.

295 1IMAGE_20181202_183612_8505 NO REPRO FEE / Press Use Thousands Gather for Light Up A Life, 25th Anniversary Celebrations Photographer: Dave Meehan/1IMAGE Today (Sunday 26 November) over 10,000 people gathered at Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services in Harold's Cross to join in the 25th anniversary of Light Up A Life, its annual remembrance celebration. This year Daniel OÕDonnell was the special guest who turned the lights on the tree and entertained the crowds at this popular event, which marks the start of Christmas for many regular attendees. Christmas has always been a time to remember loved ones and in 2016, over 35,000 people were remembered through lights sponsored in their names. These can be shared online with friends and family and sponsors are able to upload photos and personal tributes. This is the most important fundraiser for the organisation and raised over Û454,000 last year to enable the provision of loving care for which it is known. Entertainment at the event included the Line-up choir, St. Judes Choir, the CIE Male Voice Choir and the Palestrina Boys Choir. The event was generously sponsored by Friends First and supported by Clancy Construction. Lights, Christmas Cards, vouchers, a calendar and a cookbook can be purchased right up until Christmas either from the Hospice (HaroldÕs Cross or Blackrock) or at Media contact: Carina OÕNeill, Communications Manager: 087 4146363 1IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY Studio: +353 1 493 9947 / Mob: +353 87 246 9221


You can also toast the season with hot apple punch, soup and mince pies or simply soak up the amazing atmosphere. The highlight of the evening will be the lighting of our magnificent Light Up A Life Christmas tree. Every year, thousands of people sponsor beautiful lights in the name of their friends or loved ones who have passed. The lights are then displayed in their honour for the entire Christmas period. It’s a wonderful way to pay tribute  to those who meant – and still mean – so much to us.

Sponsoring a light costs just €6 and it’s really easy to do. Just click CREATE A LIGHT above to get started and share your own personal tributes, such as memories, poems, stories or post photos. This Christmas, remember and celebrate someone special. Light up their life.

Please take a moment to watch the following videos of our Special Guest of Honour, Andrea Corr and our MC Ian Dempsey.