TOP IRISH rock band The Coronas have expressed their surprise and gratitude at being asked to turn on the Christmas lights in Limerick city this Friday.
Lead singer with the band Danny O’Reilly told the Limerick Leader that the band were “humbled” and “deeply honoured” to be asked, following in the footsteps of Paul O’Connell and Celia Holman Lee last year and rugby legend Jonah Lomu in 2008.
“We were sort of surprised that they asked us to do it, but of course we said yes, that’s a lovely honour and we will be down anyway for the gig so it will be cool, we are looking forward to that,” explained O’Reilly.
“We didn’t know how big a deal it was, but when we heard Paul O’Connell did it last year it sounded amazing and we said ‘let’s do it’. We are delighted to be asked – we love going to Limerick, we always have great gigs there,” he added.
The band will play in the Big Top at the Milk Market after they complete the function of turning on the lights at 6pm. Live 95FM will broadcast live from Thomas Street, where the band will answer questions and talk to the crowd.
The build-up will take place from 5.30pm and Live 95FM chief executive Joe Nash and reporter Catriona Tierney will host proceedings, which will also feature Santa Claus and a host of colourful characters.
Laura Ryan, Limerick Communications Executive, said that “turning on the lights in the city has become a big event 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.
A stage will be erected outside Brown Thomas on Thomas Street for the event. The Coronas, with support from the Kanyu Tree, play in the Big Top and tickets are still on sale.