ONE OF Ireland’s top rock bands, The Coronas, will follow in the footsteps of Jonah Lomu, Paul O’Connell and Celia Holman Lee by having the honour of flicking the switch on Limerick’s city centre Christmas lights later this month.
The band, who are set to play their second gig in the city as part of the Live @ the Big Top series in the Milk Market on Friday, November 25, will turn on the Christmas lights in the city at 6pm that evening, shortly before they take to the stage in the city.
The platinum-selling four piece, from Dublin, have established themselves as one of Ireland’s biggest bands and are said to be “delighted” with the honour.
Laura Ryan, Limerick Communications Executive, said that there is “always someone with a high profile asked to turn on the lights and we are delighted that the Coronas will follow those that have switched on the lights in recent years and kick off the Christmas celebrations in Limerick”.
“Turning on the lights in the city has become a big event, as witnessed last year by Celia Holman Lee and Paul O’Connell doing the honours, and we are chuffed that the Coronas have agreed to it, they will be in good company. It has become an honour to turn on the lights and it is always a very festive event with a big crowd,” added Ms Ryan.
The Coronas are fans of Limerick, frontman Danny O’Reilly told the Chronicle recently.
“Limerick was one of the first places that we toured outside Dublin, I remember that we played Upstairs in Dolans to about 30 people one time, that was our first gig,” he explained. “We still felt a connection, even that night, and you could tell that those people were gonna go off and tell their mates that there was this new band and it felt like every time we went back, we were really welcomed and it was a strong word of mouth thing.”