The Lynch family at Castleconyers are competing, along with Tony Noonan, below, and Bernie Carroll’s display at Coolruss, Bruree
THE Lynch family from Castleconyers are in the running to earn the title of Ireland’s Most Christmassy Home, a prize which could win them €3,000 for the charity of their choice.
But Limerick has two other contenders in the race: last year’s winners of the prize, the Noonan family from Templeglantine and Bernie Carroll from Bruree.
Sponsored by Energia, the national competition to find the best decorated home in Ireland is in its second year and since it officially started on Friday, December 1, entries have been received from right across the country.
This year’s prizes are donations of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 respectively to the charity of choice and the winners will be selected by a public vote on Energia’s Facebook page.
“We have added 30 new pieces this year, including a new crib designed and made by my husband Kevin, bringing the total number of light-up decorations to over 200,” explained Lorraine Lynch. “Santa’s snowmen, elves, penquins, candy canes. You name it. We have it,” she laughs.
Kevin, she adds, has been lighting up their home on the Bruff line, just a few miles from Rourke’s cross, since 2003. But that was mostly for the family. But that all changed with the arrival of their daughter Caoimhe, who is now 7.
Caoimhe was born prematurely and spent the first nine weeks of her life in the specialist neo-natal unit in Limerick Maternity Hospital, Lorraine explains. “We decided we would raise money for the neo unit after she was born.” And they have been doing it every Christmas since.
“This will be our eighth year lighting up in aid of the neo-natal unit,” Lorraine said. “They use the money for new equipment.”
Last year was a bonanza year for donations when €3,300 was raised. The donations were helped hugely by national publicity. The Lynch household was in the Top 5 Energia “Most lit-up Christmas house” competition and they were runners-up in the RTE Today show’s most Christmassy house competition.
“Because we were on the television, they came from all over, from Kerry and Tipperary as well as Limerick.”