Lord Mayor Throws a Ball for Sick Children

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Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn will open the doors of his official residence, The Mansion House, on Friday 25th October to welcome Dubliners and supporters of the three National Children’s Hospitals to the Lord Mayor’s Masquerade Ball.   The Ball will raise much needed funds for the three National Children’s Hospitals in Ireland - Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital and The National Children's Hospital, Tallaght.

“I am delighted to be continuing the tradition of the Lord Mayor’s Ball in aid of these three Dublin hospitals.  This Lord Mayor’s Masquerade Ball promises to be a night of masked mystery, music and dance and will support the three very deserving National Children’s Hospitals and raise funds to make a difference to the lives of sick children and their families”, said the Lord Mayor.

The evening will include a Drinks Reception in the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, The Mansion House after which guests will proceed to the Round Room at the Mansion House for dinner and dancing to The Swing Cats and DJ Gary until late.  The MC’s for the evening are Dermot and Dave from 98fm’s afternoon show.

Tickets for the Ball 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.

Dress code for the Ball is black tie and masks will be available to purchase on the night to add to the atmosphere of the evening.
For information contact:
Office of the Lord Mayor, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.  01 222 6200 / lordmayor@dublincity.ie
Annette Small – PR and Communications – The Fundraising Office Temple Street Children's University Children's Hospital, 01 8784638 / annette.small@cuh.ie
Notes to Editor:Lord Mayor’s Masquerade Ball 
Hosted by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn on Friday 25th October 2013.
Dress Code: Black Tie & Masks – masks will be available to purchase on the night.
Drinks Reception from 7pm, Dinner at 8pm.
Entertainment by The Swing Cats and DJ Gary until late.
History of the Lord Mayor’s Ball
The Lord Mayor’s Ball dates back to the 1700s when it originally took place in the Oak Room of the Mansion House on St. Stephen’s Night.  Over the years it has continued to be a high point of Dublin’s social scene and has been held in the Round Room at the Mansion House, the Metropole Ballroom, the RDS Concert Hall and the Burlington Hotel and the Ball has raised monies for a range of different charities over the years.
About Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin: The hospital, which is the National Tertiary Hospital for all of Ireland’s children, treats in the region of 130,000 children every year. It is renowned internationally for its excellent care and enlightened approach to the advancement of children’s health.  It is the only hospital for Paediatric Cardiac Surgery and houses the only children’s major burns unit.  It is the national referral centre for Childhood Cancer and Leukaemia and for Cystic fibrosis.  It is also the proud home of the National Children’s Research Centre which ranks internationally as a leading paediatric medical research centre.
About Temple Street Children’s University Hospital:
Established in 1872, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital has a long and distinguished history of caring for sick children from all over Ireland for over 140 years. It provides world-class medical care, backed up by ground breaking research.

With over 153,700 children passing through its doors in 2012, Temple Street has many specialities as well as being the National Tertiary Referral Hospital for Neurosurgery, Renal Dialysis and Kidney Transplant, Spina Bifida and Opthomology.  Each year more than 50,000 babies and children attend its A&E making it one of the busiest in Europe.

About  The National Children's Hospital, Tallaght
The National Children’s Hospital, founded in 1821, is the oldest Children’s Hospital in Ireland and second oldest in Europe.  In June 1998 The National Children’s Hospital moved from its site in Harcourt Street to its current home in Tallaght.  Over 65,000 children visit The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght every year and avail of its' dedicated paediatric services.