Dungiven Live Nativity Scene

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More than 70 volunteers gave up their free time at the weekend to create a buzz in Dungiven for a live Nativity scene on the Main Street.

The event was the brainchild of Project Fusion and attracted hundreds of visitors from the town and surrounding areas of Feeny, Gortnahey, Drumsurn and Burnfoot.

Lambs, a donkey and a series of live ‘Baby Jesus’ took part in the eight-hour event.

“We are delighted at the success of our first Project Fusion event. The comments from the local people on the day and on social media have been overwhelming,” said a group spokesperson.

“Over 70 people dressed up in the crib and really got into character. The men, women and babies involved all seemed to really enjoy themselves,” said the spokesperson. “This event required a lot of planning and hard work but was so rewarding on Saturday to see.”

Project Fusion was formed by Sheila Coyle, Aine Mc Nicholl, Finola Mc Nicholl, Ronan Kelly and Ciaran Farren.

The Three Kings Diarmuid, Martin and with Joseph - Cathal O'hOisin - and the baby Jesus - Cassie Harkin - at the Live Crib in Dungiven on Saturday. INLV5115-211KDR

The Three Kings Diarmuid, Martin and with Joseph - Cathal O'hOisin - and the baby Jesus - Cassie Harkin - at the Live Crib in Dungiven on Saturday. INLV5115-211KDR

The young graduates want to help re-generate the town, and do what they can to support local businesses and encourage people to shop local. They hoped by attracting people into Dungiven would allow people to see what’s on offer in the town and its talent.

“Without a doubt, we met our number one objective - to create a buzz in Dungiven Main Street,” said the spokesperson.

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal O’hOisin, dressed as Joseph, said: “I just think Saturday was reflective of the community spirit that is very much still intact in Dungiven. We’ve seen that in the environmental clean-ups in the town and fundraising events. This is an extension of that, and it’s very impressive of the young people involved. Hopefully it’s the first of many such events that will regenerate Dungiven.”

Organisers added: “Adrian Mc Cartney and Declan Ward worked endlessly over the past two days, accompanied by many locals who turned up on the morning to give a hand. Thank you to local companies JPM, JJ Coyle and IMAC who provided much welcomed assistance and also Find Insurance NI which sponsored the event,” said the organisers, who thanked everyone who helped out on the day, contributed to the markets, and Sperrin Fun Farm for providing the donkey and Declan O’Neill for lending his lambs.”

Without a doubt, we met our number one objective - to create a buzz in Dungiven Main Street.

Project Fusion