18/12/2007

Live Animal Crib Revamped

Dublin's Lord Mayor, Councillor Paddy Bourke in the presence of Irish Farmers Association President Mr Padraig Walsh has officially open the newly designed Live Animal Crib at the Mansion House.

The Lord Mayor said: "I encourage everyone who comes into the city over the Christmas period to take the opportunity to visit this wonderful new live animal crib here at the Mansion House.

"The Irish Farmers Association have supported this Crib for the past thirteen years, were it not for their support the citizens of Dublin would not be able to experience aspects of the countryside in a simple, traditional nativity scene."

The mayor thanked the children who addressed as angels from St Joseph's Nursery, Maryland, and the Cherry Orchard Housing Maintenance staff who designed the crib.

Mr Padraig Walsh said the Crib brings the country into the heart of the city and gives children the opportunity to see a variety of farm animals in a nativity setting.

"It plays an important role in helping to raise funds for the Lord Mayor's Fund, and serves as a reminder for families about the importance of food production in this country. Great credit is due to the staff of Dublin City Council for the imaginative design of this year's Live Animal Crib, which will enhance the experience for visitors between now and Christmas Eve," said Mr Walsh

The newly designed crib has a more traditional feel of a stable with background silhouette murals of the three wise men, a suitable setting for the animals to reside for the Christmas season.

Admission to the Crib is free, but last year over €11,000 was raised for the Lord Mayor’s Fuel Fund from voluntary donations.

(JM)

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