Christmas comes to the Mansion House with the opening of IFA Live Animal Crib

Ardmhéara Bhaile Átha Cliath Mícheál Mac Donncha and the Deputy President of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Richard Kennedy, will open the IFA Live Animal Crib on Monday 11th December 2017 at 10.15 am at the Mansion House, Dublin 2. 
Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said “The IFA Live Animal Crib is one of the traditions of a Dublin Christmas and reminds us of the simplicity of the Christmas message. I invite all Dubliners and visitors to our city in the run up to Christmas to call in and visit the Crib.  Thank you to the Irish Farmers’ Association for their generous gift and care of the animals at the Live Animal Crib.    All donations received will be distributed by the Mansion House Fuel Fund to some very worthy charities to help those in need in Dublin. Cuirim fáilte roimh gach duine chun an mainséar i mbliana is cuid traidisiúnta é don Nollaig I mBaile Átha Cliath.”

Deputy President Richard Kennedy said, “As President of the Irish Farmers’ Association, I am delighted we are involved once again with the Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin.  The Crib provides a wonderful opportunity for families to witness a traditional nativity scene in the heart of our capital city.  I would encourage everybody to take the time to visit between now and Christmas. The Crib also provides an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for the Mansion House Fuel Fund, which provides assistance to many families for Christmas”.

Photos will be syndicated to Picture Desks by Conor McCabe Photography


For further information contact:
Dublin City Council Media Relations Office
Niall Madigan, IFA Press Office: (01) 450 1931/ 086 822 8635

Notes to the Editor:

The IFA Live Animal Crib
The 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 which are provided and cared for by the Irish Farmer’s Association.  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 Monday 11th December until Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm daily (Christmas Eve 11am to 1pm).

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.  Charities who have benefitted in recent years include the St. Vincent de Paul, Dublin Simon and Abbey Presbyterian Church Hamper Fund.
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.