Angels open Dublin’s live animal crib

Live Animal Crib
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Children from a Dublin nursery opened what is becoming one of the capital’s most popular Christmas traditions, as they dressed as angels and sung at Mansion House’s live animal crib launch.

The crib consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals, including a donkey, goat and sheep in a specially constructed life-size stable.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Christy Burke said that the crib would be raising money for the Mansion House Fuel Fund which helps the homeless.

Although the crib is free visitors can contribute to the current homeless crisis in the city and IFA president Eddie Downey said it raised more than €16,000 for the fund last year.

The three and four year olds from St Joseph’s Nursery were joined by the Lucan Gospel choir, and embarked on a rendition of When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney.

Established in 1956 by Fr. Louis Coffey, the Moving Crib at the Mansion House has now entertained generations of Dubliners and visitors alike.

The Live Crib consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals in a specially constructed, life size stable. The animals are brought to the crib every morning and are returned to a farm on the south of the city in the evening.
 The IFA Live Animal Crib has been a joint venture between Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers’ Association since 1995. The Crib opened yesterday and will run until Christmas Eve. Open daily from 11.00am to 6.00pm with a 2.00pm closing on Christmas Eve.
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