Lord Mayor’s Ball a windfall for Irish Charities

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Three Irish charities will each be presented with a cheque worth €13,073.12 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí, at the Mansion House on Thursday, 20th June.  The funds were raised at the Lord Mayor’s Ball which was held in the Mansion House on 6th April.



Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí said “When I took up office in June 2012, one of my initiatives was to reinstate the Lord Mayor’s Ball which had been held on and off since 1715 and to raise funds for three very worthy charities.  I am happy to make this presentation today to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young and the Marie Keating Foundation.  I would like to thank all who made this possible and in particular the three charities, the committee who helped organise on the Ball, those who purchased tickets and to ‘Fire Restaurant and Venue@The Mansion House’ who provided the venue and catering free of charge, making the Lord Mayors Ball 2013 such a huge success”.


The Lord Mayor’s Ball was held at the Mansion House on 6th April and was supported by ‘Fire Restaurant and Venue@ The Mansion House’.


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Information on the Charities


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is the leading dementia specific service provider in Ireland. It was founded in 1982 by a small group of people who were caring for a family member with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. Today, it is a national voluntary organisation with an extensive national network of branches, regional offices and services that aims to provide people with all forms of dementia, their families and carers with the necessary support to maximise their quality of life.

Mission: To help meet the needs of people with Alzheimer's or dementia and their carers.

Vision: An Ireland where no one goes through dementia alone, where policies and services respond appropriately to the person with dementia, and their carers, at the times they need support.



CRY - Cardiac Risk in the Young 

CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young was founded in 2002 by parents who had experienced the effects of sudden and unexplained deaths in their families.  CRY aims to raise awareness of cardiac risk in the young through media campaigns and public information meetings. They also provide counselling and support to families affected or bereaved including trained volunteers who provide telephone support to bereaved families.  They support the Centre for Cardiovascular Risk in Younger Persons (CRYP), where families and individuals can be evaluated in a timely and systematic fashion without financial cost. CRY is a partner in the CRYP Centre which is located in the Adelaide and Meath Hospital (AMNCH) at Tallaght. The other partners are St. James's Hospital, Dublin 8 and St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4.


Marie Keating Foundation

Following the death of Marie Keating from breast cancer in  1998, the Keating family promised that they would do all they could to try to help women to know the facts about breast cancer in order to detect it at its earliest stage, which would hopefully lead to other families being spared the kind of grief they were feeling.   About one year after Marie had passed away, the family found out that Marie's form of breast cancer was in fact the most curable and had she known more about the disease, the likelihood was that she would have survived her breast cancer. So, the idea to build mobile information units designed to actually take breast cancer information into communities nationwide was conceived. It took three years of intensive fundraising to raise enough to build three mobile information units which, based in Cork, Galway and Dublin, would service the entire country.  Since then the Foundation has grown to be one of Ireland's most respected charities, a leading voice in cancer information and support for both men and women.


History of Lord Mayor’s Ball

The Lord Mayor’s Ball began shortly after the Mansion House had been acquired in 1715 as the residence for Dublin’s first citizen.  The ball originally took place in the Oak Room on St. Stephen’s night (26 December) and the principal invited guests were the city’s 24 Aldermen and their wives. It appears to have been a charity ball, with proceeds going towards the support of poor boys at the Blue-Coat School in Blackhall Place. Entertainment was provided by the city musicians, under the direction of Lewis Layfield, who had been an actor on the London stage.   Perhaps jealous because they were not invited, the members of the lower house on the Dublin City Assembly, the Commons, successfully managed to have the ball abolished in 1728, on the grounds that it was causing ‘great inconveniences’.


The Lord Mayor’s Ball was revived in September 1861 for the visit to Dublin of the Prince of Wales and this time the venue was the Mansion House Round Room, which had been built for the visit of George IV in 1821.  This proved to be a boon to local businesses, with Mrs. Sidford of 17 Nassau Street advertising ‘Ball dresses in Fancy and Light-Coloured Silks’ while James Forrest and Sons of Grafton Street had ‘Fancy Tulle and Tarleton Dresses, Sylphide Wreaths and Head-dresses’ for consideration.  The Irish Times praised the House Steward, Mr. McCleaverty, stating that his arrangements for the ball were ‘so perfect that although there were over 100 persons present, no inconvenience resulted to the guests’.  Advertisements in the same newspaper looking for property lost at the ball told a different story: one lady lost a malachite and silver bracelet and was willing to offer a reward ‘if found by a poor person’; while another lost a decorative coin from her Maltese bracelet, as well as an embroidered handkerchief trimmed with Honiton lace.  The Lord Mayor’s Ball continued to be held most years in September until 1912.  In 1889, a special train was laid on between Westland Row and Bray which would leave at 3.30 the morning after the ball, ‘for the convenience of guests residing on the Bray and Kingstown line’. 


The tumultuous events of the period 1913-1924, and the suspension of Dublin City Council from 1924 to 1930, meant that the Lord Mayor’s Ball fell into disuse.  It was revived in October 1946 by Lord Mayor John McCann when it took place in the Metropole Ballroom, O'Connell Street, with the Lord Mayor's Coal Fund as the beneficiary. In October 1967, the Lord Mayor's Ball was revived yet again, when it was held in the R.D.S. Concert Hall in aid of St. Anne's Court Housing Scheme.  In 1968 and 1969, the Lord Mayor's Ball was held on St. Patrick's Day at the Inter-Continental Hotel (later known as Jury's) in Ballsbridge, and the beneficiary was the Catholic Housing Aid Society.  As there was no Lord Mayor in 1970-74 (Dublin City Council was suspended for failing to strike a rate) the ball did not take place. However, it was revived yet again in 1975 and from then until 1997 the Lord Mayor's Ball took place on St. Patrick's Day in the Burlington Hotel, with the Central Remedial Clinic as the beneficiary.