Dungiven’s festive spirit in ‘Live Crib’ event

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A new group in Dungiven has come up with a unusual festive idea they hope “will bring a festive spirit to the town which has been lacking over the past number of years”.

Project Fusion is made up of five young people - Sheila Coyle, Aine Mc Nicholl, Finola Mc Nicholl, Ronan Kelly and Ciaran Farren - who from the area.

The graduates say they want the best for their town and want to use the talent and expertise that already exists in Dungiven to improve life for the business community, and residents in general.

“One of our goals is to bring all areas of the community together which is needed for the future plan of collaborative working,” said a spokesperson for the group.

“We wanted to create an event that would not only do this, but would bring a festive spirit to the town which has been lacking over the past number of years.”

The group have come up with the idea of a ‘live crib’ - an eight-hour event running from 12 midday to 8pm on December 12th, where we will have adult characters authentically recreating the nativity scene.

“Throughout the day there will be over 100 characters volunteering to be part of this. There will also be Christmas lambs and a donkey to add to the authenticity of the nativity. We are delighted to have many of the neighbouring schools, choirs and local musicians on board to accompany the nativity scene with music throughout the day,” a group spokesperson said.

“In the aim of creating a more festive spirit, there will be Christmas markets alongside the nativity scene in the carpark.

“These markets are not only boosting businesses within the town, but also enabling local crafters to show off their talents.

If anyone is interested in renting a market stall please contact us via our facebook page or email us at project_fusion@yahoo.com. We would love to hear from you.”