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The cutest grandparents in Dublin go all out with their Christmas lights in Cabra every year

And 2016’s are looking well.

cabra Source: Emma Whelan

IF YOU EVER happen to be driving on Bannow Road in Cabra, Dublin in December then  you’re in for a very Christmassy treat.

Because the Whelan family go to great lengths to make their house the brightest in all of Dublin with a dazzling array of Christmas lights.

Look at it here from above

cabra2 Source: Emma Whelan

Liam Whelan is the 70-year-old grandad who spearheads the effort each year – and his daughter Emma tells that now his kids have moved out of the house, it’s the grandkids that get to bask in the glow of it all:

Himself and my mam have 12 grandchildren from ages 2 – 16 but above all I think my dad does it simply because it makes people happy! Every year we are known to put on a decent light display and people from all over Ireland travel up to visit.

And the Christmas light reputation they have built means he has to deal with enthusiastic inquiries:

He is constantly been asking “When are the famous lights been switched on?” all year round.

Doing it all, just for the love of Christmas

cabra3 Source: Emma Whelan

On Friday gone, everyone gathered once again for the tradition:

We switch them on 2nd of December every year with family and friends.

That’s an admirable commitment to Christmas (and a healthy electricity bill) right there.


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