Lord Mayor's Charity

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Mansion House Fuel Fund

The Mansion House Fuel Fund, as we know it today, 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 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.

Background of the Fund

Dublin City Council’s archives show that the Mansion House Fund for Relief of Distress in Ireland can trace its roots back to the 1870’s.

Ireland was beset by harvest failure during the 1870’s and in 1880 Famine threatened the country. To prevent this the Mansion House Fund was set up to collect money from Irish Emigrants all over the world.
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 main fundraising for the Charity takes place in December. The Irish Farmers Association provide a live Animal Crib on the Mansion House forecourt for the duration of the Advent period. Funds are also raised by means of an annual postage appeal & the Lord Mayor’s Annual Christmas Concert. It is thanks to the generosity of the general public that the Mansion House Fuel Fund continues to provide support for the less fortunate during the season of goodwill.
There are no paid staff running the Charity and all donations go the needy. The only costs incurred are postage and administration costs relating to Hughes Blake Chartered Accountants, Joyce House, Holles Street, Dublin 2 who audit the accounts.
Listed below are some of the Charities whom the Mansion House Fuel Fund assist during the winter months:

  • Dublin Simon Community
  • St. Vincent De Paul
  • Abbey Presbyterian Church Hamper Fund
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Jobstown, Tallaght

To make a donation please contact the Mansion House at 222 6200 or email lordmayor@dublincity.ie