On Christmas Eve, members from Macra na Feirme clubs across Meath came together to bring Christmas spirit to Enfield with the return of the Meath Macra Live Crib for the fourth consecutive year.
The live crib came to life at 11am with the arrival of livestock - two donkeys; a cow; a sheep; two lambs and a goat. In the six hours that the live crib was in action, a total amount of €4,755 was raised, with this sum set to go directly to The Irish Cancer Society.
This came on the back of last year's success which saw the clubs raise just over €4,000 for SOSAD and Meath Alzheimer's Society.
Releasing a statement about the initiative, a spokesperson for Meath Macra na Feirme said: "We wish to express their gratitude to everyone who came out to support the live crib fundraiser and made it possible to raise such a sizable amount of money."
"The event could not have happened without the long list of sponsors and farmers who helped by donating money, supplies and animals."
The spokesperson thanked the main sponsors - Hannon's Supervalu; Cllr Noel French; Terry Gorry & Co. Solicitors; Edward Carey Property; Highfield Gold Club and Enfield Development Group. The efforts of Enfield Comhaltas; Macra members and helpers were also acknowledged.
A presentation is set to take place in the coming weeks to present The Irish Cancer Society with the money raised on the day. Meath Macra na Feirme is hopeful that the live crib will make a return on Christmas Eve 2019.
Image source: Laura Hannon - Macra Na Feirme.