This year’s Clonmel Ghost Walk, also known as the Clonmel Zombie Walk, went off wonderfully well on Halloween night, despite the windy and damp weather.
This family-friendly event (with just the right amount of spookiness) has grown and so have the expectations and the numbers attending, with people dressing up and joining in the festivities.
The evening began at Market Place with local DJ PJ Slater spinning some classic tunes to entertain the assembled ghosts, witches, werewolves and all manner of creatures of the night. Face painters helped to make everyone look the part.
This year’s event was all about ghosts and the walk was led by Ghostbusters Dan Kennedy and Richard Naughton, who met plenty of very scary spectres along the way, from wailing, ghostly brides to a blood-chilling glowing ghostgirl looming in an upstairs window, watching the walkers go by. Eerie side-shows were waiting around every corner; poetic ghosts lamenting their tragic fate, an argumentative ghost family that didn’t seem to realise they had died, a creepy fortune teller complete with crystal ball and a very scary bunch of hissing black-clad vampires who followed the walkers
on their way into Gordon Place car park.
Performances by Dance Revolution under the Main Guard and the Alison Cronin School of Dance at the Gordon Place car park were also on the programme, and the Costume Competition adjudication was the highlight of the evening. Complimentary
treats, from hot spiced apple juice to scrumptious slices of Halloween barmbrack kept all of the ghosts happy and warm. Unfortunately the much-anticipated guest appearance by local band The Drive had to be aborted due to weather-related damage.
This year’s Ghost Walk would not have been possible without the financial support of the new Clonmel Municipal District Council, in conjunction with the RAPID programme; the strong interest and hands-on participation of the Gardai and the Civil Defence; sponsorship from Supervalu; and the enthusiastic co-operation of a whole slew of performers, musicians, dancers, artists, technical and production crew and a wide variety of behind-the-scenes helpers and supporters. They and everyone who came out on a damp and uncertain evening made Clonmel a more exciting and colourful place to be on Halloween night.
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