‘Hark the (little) Herald Angels Sing’ at the Mansion House at The Opening of The IFA Live Animal Crib

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“Let us rejoice,” sing the Little Angels, as the IFA Live Animal Crib returns to the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 for Christmas 2013.

The Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and the Irish Farmer’s Association President John Bryan will jointly open the Live Animal Crib on Monday 9th December 2013 at 10.30am at the Mansion House, Dublin 2.

The joyful carolling of “Jingle Bells” will be sung by the little angels from St. Joseph’s Nursery, Morning Star Road, Dublin 8. The angels will be joined again this year by the Lucan Gospel Choir.

Lord Mayor Quinn said  ”I am proud to open this year’s IFA Live Animal Crib and be part of a Dublin tradition which spans nearly 20 years.  The Crib represents a small piece of the countryside with the live animals nestled in a comfortable and safe life size stable. It is a great opportunity for families to come into Dublin City and enjoy this simple traditional nativity scene. I would like to thank the Irish Farmers’ Association and Dublin City Council for their generous gift to this city.”      

IFA President John Bryan said, “The Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House in Dublin has an enduring appeal for families visiting our capital city and is very much a central element of the Christmas experience. Next year marks the 20th anniversary of this traditional nativity scene which farmers have gifted to the people of Dublin as a symbol of our largest indigenous industry. It also raises funds for some very worthy charities and I look forward to large numbers, young and old, taking some time to enjoy the IFA Live Animal Crib between now and Christmas Eve”.

The public can view the Crib for free until Christmas Eve but can make a donation to the Mansion House Fuel Fund. Last Christmas the Crib raised just over €19,000 and the Fund made approximately €80,000 in charitable donations.


Notes to the Editor:

Dublin City Council is encouraging everyone to use public transport where possible   during the Christmas season and don’t forget dublinbikes as well. The IFA Live Animal Crib is one of a host of events brought to you by Dublin City Council throughout this Christmas season.  For further information log onto www.dublinatchristmas.ie  


The Live Animal Crib

The Live Animal 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.  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 9th December until Christmas Eve from 11am to 6pm daily (Christmas Eve 11am to 2pm). Admission is free, and any voluntary contributions from the public will go towards the Mansion House Fuel Fund, of which the Dublin Simon Community and the Vincent De Paul are the two main beneficiaries.

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. It was one of the first truly Ecumenical Charities in the City.

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.