The Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball returns

Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha will host the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 3rd February 2018 at 7pm in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  Three very worthy charities will benefit from the proceeds of the Ball – Aoibheann’s Pink Tie, Blossom Ireland and The Rise Foundation.
The evening which is sponsored by Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House will be one of fine food, music and fundraising in the beautiful and historic Round Room. Tickets for the Ball are priced at €125 each and they can be purchased from the Lord Mayor’s Office by emailing or at and click on “I want to pay” tab.
Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha said, “The Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball is now an annual event in Dublin’s calendar and gives much-needed support to three charities each year. This year the charities who will benefit from the Ball are Aoibheann’s Pink Tie which supports families of children attending St. John’s Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Blossom Ireland which provides fun activities for children with mild intellectual disabilities and The Rise Foundation which helps the families of those with addiction issues.   These three charities make a real, practical difference to ordinary people and they need our ongoing support. Thank you to our sponsors Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House for their ongoing generous support which means all monies raised on the night will go directly to the charities. Míle buíochas le gach duine a thugann tacaíocht don dinnéar bliain i ndiaidh bliain.”
Padraic O’Kane of the Conference & Events Venue and FIRE Restaurant & Lounge @ the Mansion House added: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with the Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin in supporting the annual Lord Mayor’s Ball for 2018 which is always an amazing and fun evening – along with the support of our key suppliers, we collectively are in a position to ensure that all the donations including the full price collected from table sales goes directly to the three chosen charities for 2018.”
Photographs will be syndicated to picture desks by Conor McCabe Photography.

Notes to the Editor:
Dress code: Black Tie
Tickets cost €125, Tables of ten cost €1,250
Drinks Reception from 7pm
Dinner at 8pm
Entertainment – The Camembert Quartet and DJ till 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. 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.
Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House
The Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House boasts six stunning spaces to include the distinctive Round Room and the original Lord Mayor’s Supper room.
The Round Room was constructed in 1821 to receive King George IV and was notably also where the first sitting of Dáil Éireann was held on 21st January 1919. Today it is one of the largest city centre locations and proudly the venue of choice for many profile corporate and private Gala, Awards and Charity dinners and Ceremonies including the annual Lord Mayor Ball.
The Supper Room, with its striking vaulted ceilings and glass stained windows was built in 1864 as the Lord Mayor’s banquet hall where many figures of State and dignitaries have been welcomed over the past 150 years. In 2005 the Supper Room was transformed into FIRE Restaurant & Lounge, one of the city’s best loved and innovative dining experiences.
For further information
Information on the Three Charities:
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie
Aoibheann’s Pink Tie “National Children’s Cancer Charity” was set up in 2010 by Mick Rochford and Jimmy Norman after the tragic loss of Jimmy’s daughter Aoibheann to cancer aged just 8 years.   Aoibheann’s Pink Tie helps and offers practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Focused on children attending the only treatment centre for childhood cancer in Ireland, they support the complete family unit, both parents and particularly siblings who may not understand what is happening to their brother or sister.
Blossom Ireland
Blossom Ireland is a pioneering, award-winning organisation that provides fun, affordable and inclusive activities for children and teenagers with special needs. Working closely with the families, their programmes are designed to meet the needs of the child allowing them to be the best they can be while offering much needed respite for their families. Blossom Ireland run life/social skills programmes and therapy led camps enabling the children and teens to participate in activities their non-disabled peers take for granted.
The RISE Foundation
The RISE Foundation was established by Frances Black in 2009 to support families who are concerned about a loved one’s addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling. It provides therapeutic services solely for family members and not the person in addiction. The Foundation provides 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.