Hark! the little angels sing as animal crib opens
A HOST of angelic toddlers took centre stage as they opened one of the country's best-loved cribs.
The annual Live Animal Crib has taken up residence outside the Mansion House on Dublin's Dawson Street for its 56th Christmas.
And while Pope Benedict recently poo-pooed the notion that the baby Jesus was surrounded by oxen and donkeys as he lay in the manger in Bethlehem, that has not deterred the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and Dublin City Council.
The Pope also argued that the angels did not sing to the shepherds to proclaim Jesus's birth, but rather spoke to them.
However, children from St Joseph's Nursery in Dublin 8 added their tuneful voices to those of the Lucan Gospel Choir for a carolling session at the crib.
The animals are supplied by the IFA and are brought from their farm on the outskirts of the city each morning before returning home in the evening.
The crib is open daily from 11am to 6pm until Christmas Eve when it will open from 11am to 2pm.