21 ‘Little Angels’ to sing at 21st IFA Live Animal Crib Opening Mansion House Dublin

Come along and join the 21 ‘Little Angels’  as they sing carols at the opening of Dublin City’s Live Animal Crib for Christmas 2015.
An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh  and the Irish Farmers’ Association Deputy President Tim O’Leary will jointly open the Live Animal Crib on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at 10.15am at the Mansion House, Dublin 2.  It will be open to the public until Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm daily (11am to 1pm on Christmas Eve).  
Stars of this event, the little three and four year old angels from St. Joseph’s Nursery, Maryland, Dublin 8, will put everyone in the Christmas mood.  The Lucan Gospel Choir will also lend their voices to this festive occasion.

An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said, “I am delighted to continue the tradition of having the IFA Live Animal Crib here at the Mansion House. Tá sé de nós ag muintir na cathrach cuairt a thabhairt ar na hainmhithe i mBeithilín Beo ag am Nollag.   This is indeed a special year as it is the 21st Crib and it is a welcome gift from the farmers of Ireland to Dublin. I would like to thank the Irish Farmers’ Association for their continued generosity on this their 60th anniversary year.  The 8th December has always been a special day for families coming into Dublin and I encourage all to take the opportunity to visit the Crib, a true Dublin tradition.”

IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary said he was delighted to perform the official opening of the IFA Live Animal Crib with an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and with the help of the angels from St Josephs Maryland.

“The IFA Live Animal Crib is now established as a cherished part of any family’s visit to Dublin city between now and Christmas Eve. It also helps to raise funds for those in need.  I would encourage everybody to take time to visit this traditional Nativity scene and support those who are having a difficult time.”

The Live Animal Crib is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers’ Association.  

Entrance is free but donations are welcome to the Mansion House Fuel Fund.  Last year donations to the Live Animal Crib raised over €15,297.80 for this charity.  The Mansion House Fuel Fund is one of Dublin’s oldest charities and raises funds for a number of Dublin based charities including St. Vincent de Paul and Dublin Simon Community.
For further information contact:
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Niall Madigan, IFA Press Office: (01) 450 1931/ 086 822 8635
Notes to the Editor:
Dublin City Council’s Housing Maintenance Section has designed and constructed this life size Crib to house the animals which are under the continuous care of the Irish Farmers’ Association.  
Dublin City Council is encouraging everyone to use public transport where possible   during the Christmas season and don’t forget Coca-Cola Zero Dublinbikes as well. The IFA Live Animal Crib is one of a host of events brought to you by Dublin City Council throughout this Christmas season.  Check out www.dublinatchristmas.ie for a list of all events.
The Live Animal Crib
The Live Animal Crib has been a joint venture between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers’ Association since 1995.  The Crib is constructed by Dublin City Council’s Housing Maintenance Section and is a life size stable containing a sheep, donkey and goat.  The animals are brought in each morning and returned to a farm on the outskirts of the city each evening.  The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also advises with regards to the care of the animals.  

The Crib will be open to the public from Tuesday 8th December until Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm daily (Christmas Eve 11am to 1pm).  Admission is free, and any voluntary contributions from the public will go towards the Mansion House Fuel Fund, of which the Dublin Simon Community and st. Vincent De Paul are the two main beneficiaries.

The Mansion House Fuel Fund
 The Mansion House Fuel Fund was set up by Sir John Arnott in 1891.  It was originally set up to assist the needy during a particularly hard winter.  At the end of that winter the surplus was carried over to the next year and the Mansion House Fuel Fund has continued to aid the needy in Dublin since.  It is one of the oldest charities in Dublin.  The Mansion House Fuel Fund distributes cash grants through a number of Charitable Societies, without any distinction of creed.  It was one of the first truly Ecumenical Charities in the City.
The Mansion House Fuel Fund is the Lord Mayor’s only personal charity.  The Lord Mayor is Chairman of the Fund and is assisted by the Secretary and Treasurer.  The committee meets twice a year with the Lord Mayor to determine the level of grants to be allocated to the recognised Charitable Bodies during the winter months.  There are no paid staff running the Charity with the only costs incurred being postage and audit.  All donations go to those in need.