Some of the greats of Irish boxing left the bright lights of the ring to unveil Dublin’s new lighting destination in Churchtown, and help the sport’s next generation in the process. Former Olympic bronze medalist Michael Conlon and Irish High-Performance Director Bernard Dunne opened the new Fantasy Lights destination showroom on Braemor Road. And they presented sponsored kit to youngsters Emma Harding, Shane Grant and Conor Dargan from Whitechurch Boxing Club who have excelled at the sport this year.

Emma is the Monkstown BC International champion, Shane is the Dublin League Champion and Conor took honours in both the Dublin League and the Monkstown BC international tournament.Former World amateur champion Michael wore the Fantasy Lights branding in his recent super bantamweight bout in the US. He and Bernard joined the design agency behind some of the world’s biggest retail and leisure luxury brands in unveiling the latest creation in the leafy destination of Dublin’s Churchtown.

The new Fantasy Lights destination showroom on Braemor Road has been designed by Chris Dewar-Dixon and his company Four IV who create interiors for Harvey Nichols stores worldwide in locations as diverse at Doha, Baku, Hong Kong and Istanbul. They design for the world’s top luxury brands such as Burberry, Armani and the East India Company, a host of iconic hotels such as Raffles and the Mandarin Group and were also responsible for the design of the ground floor at Brown Thomas in Grafton Street.

And according to the award-winning creator, his work in designing Fantasy Lights’ new lighting destination showroom has produced a result to compare with any of his previous projects. “This store is purely about lights, and visitors will see products against specific materials – so you will have garden lighting against green and deckingcolours for example, but presented in an imaginative way,” said Chris. “I got involved in the project when I met Fantasy Lights founder Gabriel Byrne through a mutual friend in the lighting industry and I was hooked by his vision of a lighting destination where a customer can go from advice all the way through to installation.”

One of the unique design features of Fantasy Lights 2,400 sq ft lighting destination is its clever sectionalisation, creating a flow through the showroom, beginning with a return to a more classic curved storefront window. “The showroom opens with living area lighting at the front and seamlessly moves through bathroom, kitchen and garden lighting,” said Gabriel Byrne of Fantasy Lights. “In what is a one-stop destination, we also have a specialist energy advice centre and our unique advise, design, supply and install service which takes care of the full lighting process.

“Lighting is fast becoming the mood setter for interior design, and more householders than ever are looking for pieces to set off a room. “Our new showrooms carry a vast, and in many cases unique, range of high-quality light fittings, hand-picked for the Irish market. “As well as our own collections, we feature the Schuller and Elstead lifestyle ranges of living area lighting and a specially-curated collection of Tipperary Crystal chandeliers. “We have created a destination bathroom range and are exclusive Dublin stockists for the stunning Marquis by Waterford collection. “Our garden section spotlights high-spec anti-corrosion lighting for the Irish outdoors from such top names as Konstsimide and Elipta.”