Location: Saint Martin’s Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
The Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate is still, for many people, one of the most charming asects of Christmas in Dublin City. It has fascinated generations of children from Dublin and all over Ireland and 50 years after it first began , it still draws the crowds. The Moving Crib Dublin with its old world charm, is a godsend to parents concerned with teaching their children about the birth of Christ. The real meaning of Christmas is conveyed in an unforgetable and fascinating mannre.
The Moving Crib is like an expanded Nativity Play going back to Adam and Eve and finishing after the crib scene with the young Jesus teaching the Doctors in the Temple. There are over 100 figures in the Crib arranged in 14 different tableaux. They cover various episodes of the Old and New Testament. The figures themselves are about a metre high, moulded in papier-mache and dressed in miniature clothes. Concealed motors control the movements of the arms, head and legs. All of these figures, motors, clothing etc. come from a world famous firm in Germany.
Four events take place each day, running for 30 minutes:
Weekdays 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 11.30am – 6.00pm
They will be closed 24th- 26th December and 1st January