Tuesday 25 July 2017

Revamp sees visitor numbers soar at Moving Crib

Visiting the Moving Crib at St Martin’s Apostolate in Parnell Square, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Visiting the Moving Crib at St Martin’s Apostolate in Parnell Square, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester

Ciara Treacy

The revamp of the Moving Crib, a nativity attraction in Dublin city, has seen its visitor numbers increase by a third this year.

The crib, located at St Martin's Apostolate in Parnell Square, has been entertaining families in the city for almost six decades.

It has recently undergone three months of refurbishments by a team of carpenters and craftsmen, one of whom - Frank Pringle - made some of the original crib scenes when it first opened in 1956.

"It seems to be well-received," Darragh Murphy of St Martin's Apostolate said of the renovations.

"Everyone I've talked to says it is much better and more family-friendly, because before you were just in and out.

"There is more to do and see and our numbers are up by between 32pc and 34pc, which is fantastic."

Children and adults can take a tour of historical scenes from the Bible, which are displayed using more than 100 hand-crafted moving figures and hand-painted backdrops.

One of the attractions which got a facelift was a 20ft Noah's Ark and many animals.

A preserved and stuffed dog which was believed to have saved three people from drowning in the River Liffey is another favourite.

Other scenes include Adam and Eve and the Three Wise Men.

Among yesterday's visitors to the crib was Selina Boyle from Lucan, who was with her father Colm Boyle and nephew Dylan (2).

"It's lovely," she said. "We thought it would be something nice to do with Dylan."

The crib will remain open until January 10. Admission is free of charge.

Irish Independent

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