KINEDALE Donkeys organised a Living Crib in Ballynahinch at Magherdroll Parish Church over the weekend, which was supported by many local schools, community groups and families.
It was wonderful to see the community coming together – on Friday afternoon, two local schools, St. Colman’s and Ballynahinch High School, joined together to sing carols at the crib and in the evening the church choir provided a large crowd with renditions of Away in a Manger and other popular carols.
The event was attended by hundreds of people, who joined in the carols holding candles and lanterns, which created a festive atmosphere. The public enjoyed seeing the donkeys, sheep, cattle and goats as described in the Bible at the first nativity. Children from Magherdroll church were in attendance as Mary, Joseph and the shepherds.
Saturday morning saw the ladies of the church hold a coffee morning and cake sale beside the crib and it was brilliant to see so many friends, old and new – even the famous man in the red suit arrived with gifts carried not by ‘Rudolph’, but ‘Pablo’ the Donkey!
Sunday saw a very special family service at the crib, with the presents collected from the children going to the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. The appeal distributes gifts to families throughout Northern Ireland, who need help during the festive season. Young and old enjoyed the reliving of the very first Christmas morning during the service, with carols and animals in the background joining in.
Kinedale Donkeys wish to thank the following people for all the help they gave in anyway over the weekend: St. Mary’s, Belfast; Hillmount Nurseries; Local Councillors; Damian Tumelty – Castlescreen Farm; The Irish Donkey Society; all the schools from around Ballynahinch, who took part and everyone who helped in any way, as they are too numerous to mention. What an amazing weekend!
Over the Christmas period, Kinedale Donkeys will be at many local churches, nursing homes, the Living Crib in Belfast, The Linen Hall Library, Hillmount Nursery and Hanna’s Close.
The Irish Donkey Society are holding a Walk, Ride and Drive on New Year’s Day – all welcome to attend, with or without a donkey. Contact Amanda for more information, Tel: 07887 636052.