Saturday 25 November 2017

Santa, snowmen and Ho-Ho-Homer in Christmas lights for a 'great cause'

John Kelly outside his Dundrum house with his Christmas lights
John Kelly outside his Dundrum house with his Christmas lights

A Dublin home has become a beacon of festive cheer to help raise funds for charity.

John Kelly (61) and his wife Ann have illuminated their house with a dazzling array of Christmas lights which has attracted large numbers.

"It's been great. Cars keep coming all the time to see it all," said a delighted John.

For 10 years, the couple have created a magnificent spectacle each Christmas that draws crowds to their home in Mulvey Park in Dundrum.

This year, the two charities that are benefiting from donations left by visitors are the Laura Lynn Foundation, which provides hospice care for children, and the Irish Cancer Society to fund medical research.

"It's great to help out a good cause. People have been very generous over the years," said John, who has passed on thousands of euro in charity donations collected over the years.

It is not only Rudolph and other festive characters who are delighting the children this year. Homer Simpson, Rupert the Bear, and a rotund Snowman are all there too.


Each year, more than 100 children arrive to meet Santa Claus in person at the house and he's back again on Sunday.

John is part of a hard-working and enterprising Dublin family involved in newspaper sales in the city for generations.

He joined the family business in the 1960s and remembers selling the Herald for just one old penny.

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