300th Anniversary Charity Ball takes place at Mansion House

As part of the Mansion House 300 celebrations, An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, will host the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 10th October at 7pm at the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. This year’s Charity Ball will be very special as it will mark 300 years since the first Ball was held in the Oak Room of the Mansion House.

The Mansion House 300 is a yearlong programme of events celebrating the Mansion House being used as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The first Charity Ball was held on 26th December 1715 and the proceeds from it went towards the support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place.

An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, said, “I am delighted to continue the tradition of the Lord Mayor’s Ball and raise money for these three great charities – CCRT, Headway and the Rise Foundation. Tá ardmholadh tuillte ag na carthanachtaí seo as an dea-obair atá ar bun acu agus tá súil agam go gcabhróidh an t-airgead ón mbál leo. Thank you to everyone who attended and to those who worked hard to make this event such a great success”.

The Charity Ball is sponsored by Conference & Events Venue at the Mansion House. The three very worthy charities benefitting from the Ball are Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT), Headway and The Rise Foundation.


Photographs will be circulated by Fennell Photography on the night.

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For Further Information please contact: Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, The Mansion House, Dawson Street / E. lordmayor@dublincity.ie

History of the Lord Mayor’s Ball

The Lord Mayor’s Ball dates back to 1715 where it originally took place in the Oak Room of the Mansion House on St. Stephen’s night (26th December) and the principal invited guests were the city’s 24 Aldermen and their wives. Proceeds went towards the support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place. In 1728 the members of the lower house on Dublin City Assembly, who were not invited to the Ball, managed to have it abolished on the grounds that it was causing ‘great inconvenience’.

It was revived in September 1861 for the visit to Dublin of the Prince of Wales and the venue was the Round Room at the Mansion House which had been built in 1821. Local businesses benefitted with ‘Ball Dresses in Fancy and Light-Coloured Silks’ for sale at Mrs. Sidford of 17 Nassau Street and ‘Fancy Tulle and Tarleton Dresses, Sylphide Wreaths and Head-dresses; for sale with James Forrest & Sons of Grafton Street. The Ball continued to be held most years until 1912.

The tumultuous events of 1913-1924, and the suspension of Dublin City Council from 1924 to 1930, meant that the Lord Mayor’s Ball was not held. Revived in 1946, it was held in the Metropole Ballroom in O’Connell Street with the Lord Mayor’s Coal Fund as the beneficiary. From 1975 to 1997 it was held in the Burlington Hotel on St. Patrick’s Day in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic. Its latest revival was in 2013 when Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí held the Ball in aid of three charities and it has been held annually since then.

Mansion House 300

In 2015, The Mansion House celebrates 300 years as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin.   Developed by Joshua Dawson on former marshland, the Mansion House was part of the development of Dublin extending away from the medieval city. The City Council purchased the House on 18th May 1715 for use as the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, a function it still performs today. It welcomes visitors from Dublin, Ireland and overseas daily, has witnessed the formation of the new Irish State and has seen International dignitaries, civic leaders, sporting heroes and stars of stage, screen and music through its doors. It is also a family home with Lord Mayor’s welcoming new babies and celebrating engagements and weddings as well as carrying on with normal family life. Throughout 2015 a series of events have been held to mark this historic anniversary.


Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House

The Conference & Events Venue @ The Mansion House is located adjacent to The Mansion House, official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin in the building that was the Lord Mayor's Banqueting hall (previously known as the Supper Room), and the Round Room. The Round Room was built in 1821 for the visit of King George IV and Fire's original building was constructed at the end of the 19th Century, overlooking the Lord Mayor's Garden. Throughout the course of the 20th century, various concrete extensions were added to the front of the structure.

The business has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a €2 million development project that has seen the creation of a further 30 hospitality jobs bringing the workforce to 76 full time employees. The development now offers a new Lounge facility located on the ground floor – previously offices and storage – and a new dining area on the first floor for semi and private dining, along with Private and Semi Private meeting rooms.

Information and Quotes from the Three Charities:

Cancer Clinical Research Trust (CCRT)

CCRT is a registered charity (CHY12210), founded by Professor John Crown, which supports a cancer research program based throughout many leading institutions in Dublin. The primary focus of their work is “translational research”, that is research which spans the laboratory and the clinic. Prior to the translational era of cancer research, there was a division between medical researchers who investigated new treatments in patients, and cancer scientists, whose work sometimes seemed to have limited relevance to the real world of cancer sufferers.

In the translational approach, all of the new treatments which are tested in patients are derived from solid scientific observations which were made in the laboratory. Similarly, information about the effects of new treatments on the patient and on their cancer is fed back to the cancer scientists, in order to make the lab research maximally relevant to patient care.

CCRT has a compact team of oncologists, nurses, data managers and scientists dedicated to providing the highest level of quality services to cancer patients through continuous research and access to cutting edge clinical trials. Website: www.ccrt.ie


Quote: “I was delighted to hear that the Lord Mayor had chosen CCRT as one of the beneficiaries of this year’s ball. As a patient advocate for CCRT and having significantly benefitted from one of the many clinical trials, it gives me great hope that such a deserving charity is continuing to be supported.” Elaine Kelly, Patient Advocate, CCRT.



Celebrated for their unique, multidisciplinary approach, Headway acts as a lifeline to people living with the long-term effects of Acquired Brain Injury (A.B.I.). A brain injury can be acquired  after a stroke, a brain hemorrhage, an infection, a tumour, or a fall or other accident.  Headway’s specialist rehabilitation staff work in a multidisciplinary manner to deliver person-centred services to help to rebuild skills and confidence, helping survivors, and their families, to get the most out of life after their injury.

Founded in 1985, Headway services include; Information and Support,  Day Rehabilitative Services, Rehabilitative Training Service, Psychological Services, Community Re-Integration Service and Supported Employment. As an organisation Headway prides itself on the quality of its services and is internationally accredited through the Commission of Rehabilitation Facilities for both Home and Community and Vocational Programs (Brain Injury Speciality). Such accreditation ensures that both the business function and service delivery within Headway is of the highest standards.   To find out more go to www.headway.ie.

Quote from Headway - “We are deeply honoured to be part of the 300th anniversary celebrations of the Mansion House and are delighted to be selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Lord Mayor’s Ball . Headway is a lifeline to people with brain injury after concussions, accidents, falls and strokes. Every day our team of specialist rehabilitation staff help people to rebuild their skills and their confidence so that they get the most out of their lives after brain injury.  Despite our critical role in peoples’ lives, our services have been under pressure. The funds raised at this event will provide much needed support for our clients and their carers, said Kieran Loughran, Chief Executive of Headway


The RISE Foundation


The RISE Foundation is a registered charity established by Frances Black in 2009 to support families who are concerned about a loved one’s addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling.

RISE is one of the few organisations that provide therapeutic services solely for family members and not the person in addiction. The Foundation provide a safe space for families to come together and get support, information, education, therapy and counselling, they work from an evidence based approach and employ experienced and accredited addiction counsellors.   The services provided by RISE facilitates and supports family members to free themselves from the stress, anxiety and worry of addiction and to understand the nature of addiction and the profound effects it has on relationships and family dynamics.   It is recognised that the experience of family living is the single greatest influence on an individual’s life and the family unit is a fundamental building block of society.

The Rise Foundation know from their work that one of the biggest challenges to family recovery is the belief that everything will be ok if they can just 'fix' the loved one who is living with addiction. In their work they see how the strain of addiction on families leads to shame, depression, anxiety, mistrust, guilt and an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. Because addiction hurts the whole family, it is absolutely essential to work with the family so they can heal and find their own path to recovery.   RISE works with and supports a diverse range of families.

The RISE Foundation provides a ten-week family programme in Dublin City, Swords, Kilkenny, and Portlaoise. They also provide a one to one counselling service in Dublin City, Kilkenny and Carlow. A continuing care programme is provided to people who have completed the 10-week family programme. Website: www.therisefoundation.ie


Quote from The Rise Foundation – “It is a privilege for The RISE Foundation to be one of the chosen charities for the Lord Mayor’s ball this year. It means so much to us as we are a small charity with very little resources. It is a real honour that the work that we do here at RISE has been recognised by the Lord Mayor, but it means even more to the families that we are work with. We would like to say a huge thank you to The Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh for choosing us.” said Frances Black, CEO The Rise Foundation.