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Dolphin’s Barn Parish set to host a Christmas classic

Sunday, 2nd December, 2018 7:00pm
Dolphin’s Barn Parish set   to host a Christmas classic

The group pictured with Fr McVerry at last year’s event.

Dolphin’s Barn Parish set   to host a Christmas classic

The group pictured with Fr McVerry at last year’s event.

DOLPHIN’S Barn Parish will host the fifth annual reading of Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ by professional actors from the Irish stage and screen in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust.

Actor Michael Judd, who lived in New York City, says he witnessed many homeless people there, trying to survive life on the streets, eating out of bins, begging on the subway, lying in filthy sleeping bags, and often invisible to passers by too preoccupied to notice them.

Now this has become a regular sight on the streets of our own cities, he says. In 2013, he enlisted the help of writer and actor Karl O'Neill, who adapted Dickens's classic story into a 50-minute engaging piece, vividly capturing the characters and spirit of this wonderful story.

 Each year, a cast of 14 professional actors, including familiar faces on national TV and in theatres throughout the country, magically bring this beautiful Christmas story to life, raising approximately €12,000 for the homeless since it began.

 "It is hugely encouraging to see these wonderful actors and musicians freely giving of their time and talents for this cause, says Michael. “This year we hope to see the great Tom Hickey appear as the Ghost of Jacob Marlow.

“We are also indebted to the parish and local volunteers who set up and serve the food and refreshments." 

The event takes place on Sunday, December 16 in Dolphin’s Barn Church, starting at 2pm with a recital of Christmas Music by the Metropolitan Concert Band followed by the reading at 3pm. Admission is free.

A voluntary collection is taken up after the reading. All are welcome to the reception afterwards, with mulled wine, mince pies, teas and coffees and other tasty treats. 

The event can be viewed live on the day at and online donations can be made at using the donate link.

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