Window display honours Ireland

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 13/03/2014
Jimmy McGuinness
ALL THINGS IRISH: Jimmy McGuinness shows off the display he has set up in the front window of his home.

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There are window displays for Christmas, Valentines Day and Easter, and now there is one for St Patrick's Day.

Jimmy McGuinness has turned the front window of his home at 90 Avenue Rd into a display of all things Irish, from postcards and books to Irish Cream latte mix.

The Irish expatriate usually travels to other Irish pubs around New Zealand to play his accordion music on St Patrick's Day, but has decided to stay in Timaru this year.

He said he wanted to do the display because it has never been done before and to show people they don't have to go to an Irish pub to have an Irish experience.

The window display took him four days to put together, jumping around the small space "like a little Leprechaun".

All of the memorabilia on show has been collected over the years, most of it he brought back from "the Emerald Isle".

"I didn't realise how much I had."

The window will be lit up over the weekend and on St Patrick's Day, on Monday.

Mr McGuinness said when people come to look at the window he will be playing ceili music on his accordion and will be able to answer any questions about Ireland, including giving a full history of the country.

The last time Mr McGuinness visited Ireland was in 1999. Although he doesn't miss his homeland - he hails from County Louth, "the smallest county in Ireland" - he hopes to visit some time this year.

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- The Timaru Herald

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