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Thursday 23 January 2020

Live nativity at Friary celebrates birth of Jesus

Participants and helpers at the live crib in the Franciscan Friary
Participants and helpers at the live crib in the Franciscan Friary
Ger O’Donoghue (Joseph), John McCormack (Baby Jesus) and Solvita McCormack (Mary)
‘Shepherd’ Conan O’Brien

Simon Bourke

The birth of Christ was celebrated in unique fashion at the Franciscan Friary last weekend.

Organised by the County Wexford Catholic Family Network (CWCFN) this live outdoor nativity saw the Baby Jesus and proud parents, Mary and Joseph, greeted by hundreds of visitors, all flocking to witness this remarkable occasion.

Among those visitors were the Three Kings, each of whom came bearing gifts, and some angels who had come especially for the occasion.

Completing the scene were Paddy the donkey and Lucy the sheep.

Commenting on the success of the nativity, Maura O'Donoghue of the CWCFN, said, 'It was very, very successful, we had a lot of people thanking us for putting the Christ back into Christmas.

'Our idea was to base it on St Francis' crib, by putting it outside. Usually if people want to see a crib they have to go inside. We had over 400 children come up to see it on Monday, they met with Paddy and Lucy the sheep, they're very placid and were great with the kids.'

Thanking Fr Aquino and Fr Robert for their help in hosting the event, Maura said she and her fellow members of the CWCFN met once a month and all were welcome to join them.

Wexford People

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