Three Charities to Benefit from Lord Mayor’s Ball

#LordMayorsBall. Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr will host the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball on Saturday 29th October 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 – Depaul, St. Francis Hospice, Blanchardstown and Mustard Seed Communities Ireland.

The evening which is sponsored by Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House will be one of fine food; music and fundraising in the beautiful Round Room. Tickets for the Ball are priced at €100 each and they can be purchased from the Lord Mayor’s Office or at

Speaking about the Ball, Lord Mayor Carr said, “It is a privilege to continue the tradition of hosting the Lord Mayor’s Ball to raise money for three great charities.  The work they do makes such a difference to so many people in a very practical way, but they need our ongoing support.  Thank you to our sponsors Conference & Events Venue @ the Mansion House for their generous sponsorship which means that all monies raised on the night will go directly to the charities.”

Padraic O’Kane of the Conference and Events Venue and FIRE Restaurant & Lounge at 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 2016 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 the all donations including the full price collected from table sales goes directly to the three chosen charities for 2016.”

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For further information, please contact:

Office of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

T.  (01) 222 6200 / E.


Notes to the Editor:

Dress code: Black Tie

Tickets cost €100, Tables of ten cost €1,000

Drinks Reception from 7pm

Dinner at 8pm

Entertainment – Speakeasy Swing Band 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 and Quotes from the Three Charities:


Depaul is a leading cross-border charity supporting people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Established in 2002 in Ireland and 2005 in Northern Ireland; they now manage over 20 specialised accommodation and community outreach services across four main service areas:

     Homelessness and vulnerable families services
     Homelessness prevention services
     Homeless addiction services
     Homelessness and criminal justice services

Depaul’s focus is upon those suffering homelessness and marginalisation, who need vital support and the opportunity to realise their true potential. They offer support and guidance to break the cycle of homelessness, and assist their service users in making positive choices for their future. In 2015, they provided 422 bed spaces per night and helped over 4,000 people.

 The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was one of Depaul’s founding partners, but they are a separate charity addressing homelessness.  Facebook - /depaulireland Twitter - @depaulireland

“It is a privilege to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball. We are deeply honoured that the Lord Mayor has recognised Depaul’s work with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people experiencing homelessness in Dublin.

Homelessness has reached critical levels in Dublin; with over 2900 single individuals, 900 families and 2000 children currently residing in emergency homeless accommodation in the Dublin region.

The funds raised from the Lord Mayor’s Charity Ball will go a long way towards helping Depaul to continue to provide vital services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

Ms. Kerry Anthony, CEO of Depaul

St. Francis Hospice Dublin

(Under the care of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul)
The staff and volunteers of St. Francis Hospice provide specialist palliative care to people of North Dublin City and County.  Our services are delivered from our hospices in Raheny and, more recently, in our new hospice facility in Blanchardstown.  This major development commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2011.  Today, St. Francis Hospice Blanchardstown is fully operational enhancing services for patients and families.

Based on a Christian philosophy, each person is treated with dignity, respect and compassion irrespective of their cultural or religious background.  In 2015 we supported 1,500 patients and their families.  Our services are provided at no charge to patients.

The hospice philosophy of addressing the needs of the families and friends of patients is delivered as follows.  

      Family and friends are encouraged to share in the care of their loved one.
      Bereavement support is offered through our multidisciplinary team, including pre-bereavement and post-bereavement counselling and bereavement work with children.
      We provide education and support for family members caring for people at home.
      We offer counselling to family and friends to help them adjust to changing situations. Care is provided by the multidisciplinary team which includes nurses, doctors, care assistants, household staff, complementary therapists, lymphoedema specialists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, volunteers, administrative staff and education professionals. Each makes a valuable contribution to the holistic care of patients and their families.

“We are delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary of the Lord Mayor’s Ball. We face many financial challenges and the support from this prestigious occasion will help us greatly”.

Fintan Fagan, Chief Executive Officer, St. Francis Hospice.

Mustard Seed Communities Ireland:

Mustard Seed Communities (MSC) is a charity dedicated to caring for disabled and abandoned children in Jamaica, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Zimbabwe. In these countries children with disabilities are routinely abandoned.  The aim of MSC is to provide these children with a safe and happy place to live, with access to therapy, ensuring that no child is abandoned twice.  

Founded over 30 years ago by Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, Mustard Seed Communities now cares for over 600 children.

For the past number of years, the work of the charity under the ‘Friends of Mustard Seed’ umbrella has been wonderfully supported in Ireland. This year, the charity incorporated in Ireland and officially launched as ‘Mustard Seed Ireland’ with a successful launch event in the form of a charity cycle from Dublin to Paris for Euro2016.  It is hoped that by formally putting down roots in Ireland this will lead to an enhanced involvement of Irish people and volunteers, adding a greater dimension, strength and focus to drive the charity for many years to come.

For further information on the charity log to
‘We are both humbled and honoured to be one of the three chosen charities to benefit from the 2016 Lord Mayor’s Ball.  To have this level of support from the Lord Mayor adds a whole new dimension to our fundraising efforts in Ireland.  This platform will serve to further raise awareness amongst Irish people for our charity, helping us to reach our goals for 2016 with renewed enthusiasm and vigour. We are enormously grateful to the Lord Mayor for this opportunity’.
Billy Glennon, Chairman of Mustard Seed Ireland