Limerick community forges ahead with crib for Christmas

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

THE MCGUIRES in Murroe have turned their old forge into a living crib.

THE MCGUIRES in Murroe have turned their old forge into a living crib.

Built by the Barrington family in the mid-nineteenth century it now resembles a stable from just over two thousand years ago.

Fittingly, the forge is one of the oldest buildings in Murroe. The live crib was officially opened last Friday night and blessed by Fr Loughlin Brennan.

Seamus organises the live crib every year but has really outdone himself this year, says Denis Holmes.

“Anybody who comes in can’t get over it. He has transformed the forge. He has got two sheep, two lambs, cow, calf and an ass, as well as the manger.

“Children can’t get over it,” said Denis, who is a member of Murroe Community Council.

The opening if the launch coincided with a Christmas fair organised by Crokers.

“There was a lot of back and forth between the two. There was a lovely festive atmosphere with lots of stalls full of presents and goods. It really got everybody in the mood for Christmas,” said Denis. The live crib will be open every day until the New Year.

On Christmas Day after 11.30am the local song school and comhaltas group will sing Christmas carols at the live crib - Away in a Manger is sure to be feature.

Denis says everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the music while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

Every year more and more families are calling to see the live crib. It is completely free but there is a collection box if people wish to donate some money.

All the proceeds will go to the Daughters of Charity in Lisnagry where many Murroe people work and avail of their services.

“I collect the money regularly and there is always somebody inside in the forge,” says Denis.