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Live Animal Crib Officially Opens at Mansion House

The Lord Mayor of Dublin Daithí de Róiste and the Director General of the Irish Farmers Association Damian McDonald today officially launched the Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House for Christmas.

The crib was blessed by Rev. Paul Arbuthnot, St. Anne’s Church, Dawson Street and

Fr. Enda Cunningham, St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row.

The Lord Mayor said, “Tradition is such an important aspect of Christmas and for many Dubliners, including myself, the Mansion House live animal crib was always a huge part of that. So I am delighted it’s back again this year. I know that the farmers always take great care of the animals and that this year will be no different.”

The ‘Little Angels’ from St. Josephs Nursery, Morning Star Road in Dublin 8 and the Lucan Gospel Choir performed on the steps of the Mansion House.

IFA Director General Damian McDonald said, “The Live Animal Crib has been a wonderful tradition in the run-in to Christmas for the people of Dublin, and visitors to the capital. It’s a gift from the farmers of Ireland that creates a traditional nativity scene on the forecourt of the Mansion House.”

The crib will be open to the public from 11am to 5pm daily up to Dec 23rd, and on Christmas Eve from 11am to 1pm.

The Live Animal Crib is a joint initiative between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers Association and is supported by the DSPCA.

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