Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball is back!

The Lord Mayor’s Ball is back! Hosted by Lord Mayor Christy Burke and sponsored by Fire Restaurant & Venue @ the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s Ball is a night of fine food, music and fundraising for three very worthy charities. The three charities benefitting from the Ball will be the Capuchin Day Centre, Inner City Helping Homeless and the Irish Hospice Foundation who work daily with those in need in our city.
Speaking about the Ball the Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke said “I am delighted to continue the tradition of the Lord Mayor’s Ball and raise money for three great charities. I invite you to kick off the October Bank Holiday weekend with us in the Mansion House for a fun night. Thanks to our sponsors Fire Restaurant & Venue @ the Mansion House for their generous sponsorship which means that ALL monies raised will go directly to the three charities – the Capuchin Day Centre and Inner City Helping Homeless who give direct assistance to those who are homeless in Dublin and the Irish Hospice Foundation who give end-of-life care and help people live life as fully as possible to the end.”
Speaking about the sponsorship, Padraic O’Kane Managing Director for Fire Restaurant and Venue said, “We are delighted to be fully sponsoring the Lord Mayor's Ball. The return of such a pinnacle event to Dublin's social scene marks a very positive turn for the city and charities alike who benefit substantially from this event. We at ‘Fire Restaurant and Venue @ The Mansion House’ are only too happy to support such worthy causes as our business continues to grow.”
The evening will include a Drinks reception in the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin for almost 300 years, after which guests will proceed to the Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House for dinner and dancing ‘til late.
Tickets for the Ball are priced at €100 and can be purchased from the Lord Mayor’s Office or online. Go to www.lordmayordublin.ie for further information and details of how to purchase tickets.
For information contact Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. T. 01 222 6200 / E. lordmayor@dublincity.ie
Notes to the Editor
Hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke
Sponsored by Fire Restaurant & Venue @ the Mansion House
Dress code: Lounge / Cocktail
Drinks Reception from 7pm
Dinner at 8pm
Entertainment – Dancing and DJ until late
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. It’s latest revival was in 2013 when Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí held the Ball in aid of three charities.
Fire Restaurant & Venue @ the Mansion House
Fire Restaurant and Venue is located adjacent to Dublin’s historic Mansion House, 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. We look forward to welcoming you all into Fire at some point.
The Capuchin Day Centre
Brother Kevin Crowley founded The Capuchin Day Centre in Bow Street in 1969 to help relieve the hardship endured by homeless people and to help those in need.   At the heart of the Day Centre is the Capuchin Franciscan ethos of an “Open Door” policy where people are welcomed and treated with dignity, privacy and respect. When it opened first the Centre fed 50 people a day. In 2014 that number has risen to 800 people a day (300 for breakfast and 500 for lunch). In addition the centre gives food parcels to those in need and currently up to 1,800 a day receive parcels to help feed their families. As well as providing hot meals, the Centre also provides facilities such as shower areas, medical services and advice and information clinics. Brother Kevin is assisted in his work by the staff of the Capuchin Day Centre and a team of volunteers.
Inner City Helping Homeless
Set up in November 2013, by a group of local activists, Inner City Helping Homeless started out as a temporary response to rising homelessness in the City Centre.  Having noticed the increase in numbers of people sleeping rough, the group put up an idea on facebook and asked if anyone was interested in going out for a few weeks at night to distribute food and blankets in the run up to Christmas.  It caught people’s imagination and over 100 people turned up to help out.  It has continued to develop and is completely voluntarily led. Volunteers go out from 10.30pm to 2am Wednesday and Thursday nights and distribute sandwiches, soup, blankets, clothes and toothbrushes.
The Irish Hospice Foundation
The Irish Hospice Foundation’s mission is to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for all people facing end of life. We believe that good end-of-life care is embodied by the hospice approach, which prioritises dignity and respect, seeks to relieve pain and distress, and facilitates people to live life as fully as possible to the end. Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said, “We are thrilled that the Lord Mayor of Dublin has chosen us as one of the charities to benefit from his Ball.   The Irish Hospice Foundation does not receive any core funding from the State and this support is very welcome”.