Dia de los Muertos @ 777

I’m just back from one of the best parties of my life, down in the stunning Ross Castle just outside Moycullen, Co Galway, where the incredible costumes were just one of the many many funny funny highlights of the long long night.

Ross Castle, Co Galway, which can be rented

The theme was Something Beginning With F, in honour of the honourable host of the night, a certain Freddie. My humble contribution was Fidelma Flintstone (as in Wilma’s lil’ sister, in from the big shmoke to stir trouble) which involved a red wig, furry pink leopardskin dress and plastic cave(wo)man club. A fishtank, Flashdance, Mr Mercury, several Frida Kahlos, a silver fox, Fembot, a walking farmyard, several Mr Sinatras, a French kiss, several FBI undercover agents, Fabulous Mr Fox, Frozen, Feather Girl, Mr Kruger, a flapper, Fursace, a flower, Five, several fetish freaks, a Ferris Wheel and Senor Castro were just some of the fabulous freaks who turned up.

That's Wilma on the left, with her pal Betty. Fidelma wasn't around for this shot.

Why am I telling you this and what the fog does it have to do with a food blog?

Here's a clue...

My point, dear reader, is that dressing up is a whole lotta fun. Truly. Especially when you actually make a little bit of an effort and so does everyone around you. There’s no ice-breaker like a bit of excessive make-up and an excuse to guess the adopted moniker for the evening.

And my second point is this. There’s going to be lots of chances to dress up in coming days. I’m off to an Enchanted Forest on Friday for example, possibly as a Ray of Sunshine, just cos I have a great yellow dress I think I can do something with, and cos I feel like spreading cheer.

Here's another...

But there is one upcoming party for which I’m going to embrace my darker side and you’re invited to too.

The good folk at 777 on Dublin’s St Gt George’s Street are throwing themselves an open-house bash to celebrate Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead runs as a public fiesta from Oct 31 – Nov 2, when the souls of the departed are thought to return to earth to be reunited with their families.

A right pair of Catrinas, one of the popular Dia de los Muertos figures

The deal? On the eve of Thursday 1st November, from 9pm, rock up to 777  in your finest ‘Day of the Dead’-est costume for a night of cocktails specials, DJs and dancing. And dinner. Head Chef Eamonn Connors will be ‘sacrificing’ a whole lamb for the menu of traditional and festive dishes for the revellers. There will be spot prizes for the best costumes too. The whole lot costs €10 per person including food, but not drinks, which is fair enough really. Especially as proceeds from drink sales on the night will be going to the Irish Cancer Society.

So, a good excuse to get dressed up, eat well, drink the best cocktails in town, dance with all your friends – both living and lost to this world – while raising money for a great cause? What’s not to love?

See you there?



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