26 Sept 2022

Fitzpatrick's spooks them all when it comes to Hallowe'en

Fitzpatrick's spooks them all when it comes to Hallowe'en
Gene Yore

It's like a Hollywood movie set except that it's better. Fitzpatrick's Bar and Restaurant in Cooley is famous for its fine cuisine and great hospitality, but it is also famous for its unbelievable Hallowe'en atmospheric creations.

Danny and Dympna Fitzpatrick turned their premises into one of the finest, funniest, and spookiest shows on earth.

All of the money donated by the thousands of visitors and customers goes to the Maria Goretti Respite Centre in Lordship.

“It's all Danny's idea,” said Dymphna. “This is the third year and it keeps expanding each year.

The work starts in the summer. Danny comes up with the ideas and it begins outside, a huge operation carried out by Damien Connor, Thomas Ryan, Arunas Jokubauskas, Stoii Chalakov, Paddy Finnegan, and Wayne Jones who is a volunteer.

“Danny comes up with the ideas and we just put them together,” said Damien Connor.

In fact all the staff at Fitzpatrick's put in a huge effort and their costumes are simply beyond this world.

The props and creations are so imaginative people visit day and night.

There's the old ambulance, and fire brigade, and a hearse that was driven all the way from Galway by Arunas and then sprayed white, and the wedding limo the Munster would envy, a wedding banquet like no other and an orchestra that's simply wild.

Staff from Hanlon Transport act as security and car parking attendants and the Hanlon family and friends collect donations every night. Young people volunteer to act as scary people in the haunted house.

A lot of hard work goes into all of this and it's all in aid of a great local cause.

Make sure you visit and give what you can.

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