Thursday, November 25, 2021

Alpacas and Donald the Donkey at the 2020 Christmas Crib near Portlaoise

THE much-loved live animal Christmas crib will open in Portlaoise this weekend, in aid of three local charities.

Alpacas, llamas, donkeys and sheep are among the beautiful residents at the ‘Live Animal Charity Crib’, located at the entrance to Kelly’s farm in Bloomfield Cross.

Finishing touches are currently underway and the popular crib will open on Sunday, for the second year running.

It all began in 2019 when Helen Kelly purchased two alpacas, who quickly began to receive visits from families that loved stopping outside the farm to view them.

Last year, Helen thought it would be wonderful to lift people’s spirits during the first Covid Christmas and the live animal crib was born.

With the help of Blue Sky Finance, Laois Garden World, Bracken’s Gala, Mochua Print & Design and Quinn’s Animal Feed, the 2020 crib was a big success in aid of charity.

Proceeds from the 2021 Christmas crib will go to Down Syndrome Centre Midlands, Laois Hospice and Kolbe Special School.

The alpacas celebrated a new arrival this year in the form of Bianca, who is looking forward to meeting children and other visitors over the next few weeks.

People can view the crib from the farm entrance gate but there will be strictly no parking or set-down. Access to the crib is only by parking opposite St Peter and Paul’s cemetery and then walking on the footpath to the crib.

Contributions to the charities can be made at the donation box at the crib, or online through the Facebook page ‘Live Animal Charity Crib’.

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