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Grafton Street switch-on to get a little Rude

THE Original Rudeboys and Love/Hate's Elmo will signal the official start of the holiday season in Dublin this week when they flip the switch on the Grafton Street Christmas lights.

The rap trio and Laurence Kinlan, fresh from his role on the hit RTE series, are long-time friends who all grew up in town.

Sean Walsh, Sean Arkins, Robert Burch who make up the band, had their first taste of fame in 2012, when their single Stars in My Eyes won them a legion of fans.

In the interim they have supported fellow Dubliner's The Script on tour and released two albums.


However, despite their success it seems they have stayed grounded.

Over the weekend, Elmo joked on 2fm that the band still rob his mother's fridge when they all congregate at his home house for 'Soccer Saturday's at the Kinlans'.

Previously the hip-hop band have teased the Love/Hate star for how easily he has taken to the showbiz lifestyle.

But on Thursday it will be all about the business of kicking off Christmas in Dublin on behalf of DublinTown with a little over six weeks to go before the big day.

"Christmas is a special time in town, there is always a great buzz around the city," the band said in a statement.

"Growing up we always went into the town to see the Christmas lights and to be turning them on this year is special for us and all our family."

At 5pm on Thursday, the band and Kinlan will turn on the lights and open the capital's first ever Christmas market, which will run until the day before Christmas eve.

But next Sunday they will leave their actor pal behind as they spread Christmas joy to the north side and light up Henry Street without him.

O'Connell Street will be the last street to be lit up for festivities.

Lord Mayor Christy Burke will do the honours on that occasion, flipping the switch on the Christmas tree lights on November 30.