Limerick’s floating Christmas tree could become a permanent attraction

David Hurley

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David Hurley

LIMERICK city’s floating Christmas tree could become an all year round attraction if members of the public have their way.

LIMERICK city’s floating Christmas tree could become an all year round attraction if members of the public have their way.

Limerick city council has confirmed it has been contacted by a number of people who have suggested the tree should be turned into a permanent attraction.

The 100 foot tree, which is made entirely from metal salvaged from Thomond Park and the Limerick Tunnel, is the tallest Christmas tree in the country.

Located on the River Shannon near Howley’s Quay the tree has been a major attraction in the city for the past three years.

Kieran Lehane, director of service at Limerick City Council, says it has proven very popular with visitors to the city and that it may remain in place all year round.

“The tree was originally intended for Christmas, but a number of people have contacted us anxious that something more permanent should be done with it, rather than taking it down every year. I have often seen people admiring it, and it would be wonderful for the city if it could become a landmark and a unique tourist attraction,” he said.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Maria Byrne, says she would be in favour of such an initiative.

“The fact that it came from Thomond Park and the Limerick Tunnel and the fact that you could add different colours onto it would certainly be attractive,” she said adding: “It is not a Christmas Tree per say and it could look very attractive if it was dressed up in different colours for different events. It is quite tall and it is very attractive when it is lit up so I wouldn’t be against it and I suppose people are used to seeing it now.”

One suggestion being considered is to put different coloured lights on the tree for different sporting occasions and festivals in the city.