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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Brendan lights up city on cue for festival fun

COMEDIAN Brendan O'Carroll proved he's a shining star last night as he turned the Spire green in a spectacular display - while the light at the top of the landmark remains broken.

The Mrs Brown Boy's star pressed the button turning the iconic landmark green at the launch of this year's St Patrick's Day Festival.

However, the top of the monument was in darkness as Dublin City Council revealed that the faulty aviation light won't be fixed until the end of the month.

O'Carroll says he's taking his role as grand marshal of this year's parade very seriously.

"I'm very proud of being a Dubliner, I'm very proud of my city," he told the Herald.

The funnyman (59) believes his character Agnes Brown would be as proud as punch to see him head up this year's parade.

"I think she would be absolutely delighted," he said. "She'd probably be standing up one end of the street selling fruit and bars of chocolate and all that."

The Spire is just one of several city centre landmarks turning green over the course of the St Patrick's Day festival.

Dozens of other attractions including Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and Aras an Uachtrain will also be turning green as part of the celebrations.

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