IT MAY have closed down controversially, but the new owners of Clerys are taking shoppers on a trip down memory lane with festive window displays.

The nostalgic artworks, which were unveiled yesterday, offer a glimpse into the long history of the famous department store.

A number of Christmas settings are included from down the decades, including the 1940s, 60s and 80s.

The new owners are understood to have made the gesture as a commitment to their regeneration of the building.

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The iconic building was bought for €63m in October by a partnership between Dublin-based Oakmount and Core Capital, and pan-European real estate investment managers Europa Capital, which took over from Deirdre Foley’s Natrium consortium.

Derek McGrath, from Core Capital, said: “The redevelopment of Clerys is a fantastic project and we are excited about the future of the iconic property and its unique and historic location”.

“We look forward to restoring Clerys to its place as a landmark attraction in Dublin and we recognise and respect the history of the building over the past 165 years.

“Bringing back the Christmas windows is just the beginning,” he added.