The unique historical beauty of Chapelizod is something we all enjoy, day in and day out, but it seems the area also “possesses” something else which is quite hard to ignore. It has a mysterious aura, a certain darkness, some might even call it spooky. In fact, almost 200 years ago, our village and its unique character inspired some of Sheridan Le Fanu’s greatest mystery and horror tales. This Hallows eve some of them came to life…
Draculas, witches, ghouls, zombies, and all sorts of spooky monsters were spotted heading to the West County Hotel on November 1st, showing off their dance moves at The Monsters Ball. A great time was had by all at this fun event, which was organised by The Chapelizod Community Festival, in order to generate much needed funds for the 20th Festival. While the night started a bit slow, after feasting on some finger food, everyone was full of energy and ready to hit the dance floor. Great tunes were played by our DJ, compelling humans and other creatures to dance until they literally dropped.
Some “lucky monsters”, however, had to pause momentarily to collect their spot prizes from the costume competition and raffle. Congratulations are due to the winners of the costume competition:
1st best dressed couple: Melanie Helena Graham and Mark Graham, as Mary Antoinette and Phantom of the Opera
2nd best dressed couple: Ruth Byron and Terry Byron, as Corpse Bride and Corpse Groom
1st best costume: Aileen Francis, as The Lidl Mermaid
2nd best costume: Paddy Breheny, as one of The Rubberbandits
Following this great night, we would like to thank all the sponsors who helped us make this an unforgettable event, as well as everyone who came along and made the effort of dressing up. Namely, a big thank you to the West County Hotel for providing the venue, as well as spot prizes, to Robinson Meats for donating some of the delicious food, to Zinc Hair & Beauty, Chapelizod Pharmacy, and Spar for offering wonderful gifts, and to everyone who offered to give up their spooky decorations for the day.
As a result, the amazing amount of €1,285 was raised, a great start to this year’s fundraising challenge. These funds will go towards insurance and subsidising events at the 20th Chapelizod festival.
The Monsters Ball turned out to be a very successful event, and there is even talk of making it an annual happening. It was such a great night overall!
Don’t forget to check out the photos from the night by clicking here.
By Rula Vamvakari