Embracing the joy of the season, Dublin's iconic Mansion House has once again become the venue for the city's cherished festive tradition, the Live Crib. Marking its grand return after a temporary pause last year, the event this year was inaugurated by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Daithi de Roiste, and Tim Cullinan, the President of the Irish Farmers Association. The Live Crib, a beloved part of Dublin's Christmas festivities for over three decades, brings together an interfaith blessing and soulful performances by the Lucan Gospel Choir, casting a magical spell on the city.
Reviving Christmas Traditions
Lord Mayor Daithi de Roiste expressed his delight at reinstating the age-old tradition that adds a unique charm to the city's Yuletide celebrations. The initiative, jointly conducted by the Dublin City Council and the Irish Farmers Association, has been a beacon of Christmas cheer for Dubliners and tourists alike, immersing them in the city's festive spirit.
The Live Crib Experience
Adding to the enchantment, children from Dublin 8 participated in the event, donning angelic costumes and meeting Santa Claus. The crib, a visual delight for visitors, houses a donkey, a goat, and two sheep behind perspex glass, enabling easy viewing for children and adults visiting the Mansion House. The farm animals will be present daily between 11am and 4pm for the two-week duration of the event, after which they will return to their farm in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.
Embracing the Spirit of Unity
The Live Crib, beyond being a charming Christmas tradition, also serves as a symbol of community unity and interfaith harmony. The event showcases the city's commitment to maintaining and reviving its cultural heritage while fostering a sense of togetherness among its residents during the festive season.