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Wear a Christmas jumper in Dublin this Sunday and travel for free on public transport

In a spirit of festive cheer, the Irish capital city Dublin‘s light-rail transport system, known as the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday 27 November.

The Irish transport syster, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday November 27th. Image: Maxwell Photography
The Irish transport system, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday 27 November. Image: Maxwell Photography

It is doing so to support the “2016 Geansaí Nollag (Christmas Jumper) World Record Attempt,” which is taking place that day. Dublin City Council is trying to encourage people to come along sporting a festive sweater to the switching on of the Christmas lights in the city centre.

The Irish transport syster, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday November 27th. Image: Maxwell Photography
The Irish transport syster, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday 27 November. Image: Maxwell Photography

It is hoping to break the world record for the number of people in one place wearing a Christmas jumper. The record attempt will take place during the switching on of the O’Connell Street Christmas lights celebrations from 4pm.

The Irish transport system, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday November 27th. Image: Christmas in Dublin
The Irish transport system, the Luas, is offering free rides to anyone wearing a Christmas jumper on Sunday 27 November. Image: Christmas in Dublin

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Brendan Carr, will conduct the ceremony at 5.30pm, and the Hallelujah Gospel Choir and comedian Al Porter will perform at the colourful occasion.

Luas tram in Dublin
Luas tram in Dublin. Image by William Murphy / CC BY 2.0

According to the the Guinness World Records site, the record for the largest gathering of people wearing holiday sweaters currently stands at 3473. It was achieved by Kansas Athletics at the men’s basketball game vs. Montana in Lawrence, Kansas, on 19 December 2015.

 

Transport officials say that there is no need for participating passengers to buy a ticket to travel on the Luas that day. All they need to do is show their Christmas jumper to staff on duty to score the free ride.