Live Animal Crib

Opening of IFA Live Animal Crib and Christmas Winter Wonderland


Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and President of the Irish Farmers’ Association Joe Healy will jointly open the IFA Live Animal Crib and the Christmas Winter Wonderland on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at 10.15 a.m at the Mansion House, Dublin 2.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said, “The Crib reminds us of the simplicity of the Christmas message and represents a small piece of the countryside in the heart of Dublin’s vibrant bustling streets. I want to thank the Irish Farmers’ Association for their generous gift of the animals and their continuous care throughout their stay at the Live Animal Crib. I encourage all Dubliners – young and not so young – to come along to see the Crib in its new Christmas Winter Wonderland setting and enjoy a little Christmas magic on Dawson Street.  All donations received will be distributed by the Mansion House Fuel Fund to some very worthy charities to help those in need in Dublin.”

IFA President Joe Healy said, “As this is my first year to attend the official opening as President, I am delighted to be participating in what is firmly established as a central part of the pre-Christmas experience in Dublin. As a representation of farming life in this country, the Crib brings joy and excitement to young and old, but it is very special for young families. This traditional nativity scene which farmers have gifted to the people of Dublin is a symbol of our largest indigenous industry. The partnership between the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Irish Farmers Association also raises funds for some very worthy charities and I look forward to large numbers taking some time to enjoy the Live Animal Crib between now and Christmas Eve.”

Entrance to the crib is free but donations are welcome to the Mansion House Fuel Fund.

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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 Tuesday 6th December until Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm daily (Christmas Eve 11am to 1pm).

Christmas Winter Wonderland

This year Lord Mayor Brendan Carr has introduced a Winter Wonderland for children to walk through on their way to the IFA Live Animal Crib.  They can interact with Santa’s sleigh, his reindeer, giant presents and baubles and enjoy a little Christmas magic in Dawson Street.

The Mansion House Fuel Fund – Charity No: CHY1007

The Mansion House Fuel Fund was set up by Sr 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 the 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.