Amharc Eireann: Eagrán 187, Moving Crib Tells Christmas Story
A popular Dublin tradition, a Christmas time visit to the Moving Crib in Parnell Square was sure to delight young and old. A nativity scene was created using over 100 mechanical handcrafted figures set against a delicately hand-painted back-drop.
Based in 30 Parnell Square at St Martin Apostolate, the Moving Crib, which opened in 1956, is still popular today. Visitors can enjoy a colourful array of bible scenes from Adam and Eve and Noah’s Ark to the Christmas nativity scene. In 1977, St Martins relocated to 42 Parnell Street and it is still the home to this popular Christmas attraction. Every year between 20-30,000 people visit the Moving Crib during its annual run between November and January. To find out more about the Moving crib please click here.
Produced by Gael Linn, Amharc Éireann ( A view of Ireland) is Ireland’s longest-running indigenous newsreel series. It was distributed to cinemas throughout the country to promote the Irish language. The first 36 issues were produced as single-topic films which were released monthly, followed in 1959 by weekly, multi-story newsreels featuring a broad range of topics, from hard news stories to lighter magazine-style items. Between 1956 and 1964, 267 editions of the newsreel were produced for cinema exhibition. To see more of the Gael Linn Collection click here.
With kind permission of Gael Linn.
Director – Colm Ó Laoghaire
Producer – Colm Ó Laoghaire
Camera – Jim Mulkerns, Vincent Corcoran, Val Ennis and Nick O’Neill
Writer – Breandán Ó hEithir, Máirtín Ó Cadhain
Commentary- Padraig Ó Raghallaigh
Sound - Peter Hunt, Gene Martin, Morgan O'Sullivan and Paddy Gleeson.
Music- Gerard Victory