08 Dec 2015
IFA LIVE ANIMAL CRIB OPENS AT THE MANSION HOUSE DUBLIN
Deputy President Tim O’Leary and the Lord Mayor of Dublin Críona Ní Dhálaigh have jointly opened the Live Animal Crib at the Manson House Dublin. The Crib will be open to the public until Christmas Eve from 11am to 5pm daily (11am to 1pm on Christmas Eve).
IFA Deputy President Tim O’Leary said he was delighted to perform the official opening of the IFA Live Animal Crib with an tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh and with the help of the angels from St Josephs Maryland. “The IFA Live Animal Crib is now established as a cherished part of any family’s visit to Dublin city between now and Christmas Eve. It also helps to raise funds for those in need. I would encourage everybody to take time to visit this traditional Nativity scene and support those who are having a difficult time.”
An tArdmhéara Críona Ní Dhálaigh said, “I am delighted to continue the tradition of having the IFA Live Animal Crib here at the Mansion House. Tá sé de nós ag muintir na cathrach cuairt a thabhairt ar na hainmhithe i mBeithilín Beo ag am Nollag. This is indeed a special year as it is the 21st Crib and it is a welcome gift from the farmers of Ireland to Dublin. I would like to thank the Irish Farmers’ Association for their continued generosity on this their 60th anniversary year. The 8th December has always been a special day for families coming into Dublin and I encourage all to take the opportunity to visit the Crib, a true Dublin tradition.”
The Live Animal Crib is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers’ Association. Entrance is free but donations are welcome to the Mansion House Fuel Fund. Last year donations to the Live Animal Crib raised over €15,297.80 for this charity. The Mansion House Fuel Fund is one of Dublin’s oldest charities and raises funds for a number of Dublin based charities including St. Vincent de Paul and Dublin Simon Community.
Dublin City Council’s Housing Maintenance Section has designed and constructed this life size Crib to house the animals which are under the continuous care of the Irish Farmers’ Association.