Doolargy residents' haunted house event

Doolargy fun

Doolargy residents' haunted house event
Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie@DundalkDemocrat

Doolargy Avenue resident volunteers organised a spooktacular Haunted House event for the local Muirhevnamor and Dundalk community recently.

Muirhevnamor Community Centre was transformed into a spooky fortress with terrifying monsters and ghouls. Twenty-two local volunteers worked together on the project to provide a truly scary experience for the children and adults who dared to enter.

There was plenty of tricks, treats and surprises for all who came.

The event attracted close to 200 local residents and proved to be a success and great experience for all involved.

The Haunted House was the third event organised by Doolargy Avenue resident volunteers in the last few months following the successful community Street Feast back in June. The events were supported by Louth Volunteer Centre and organised as part of an initiative by Louth County Council to establish a community engagement programme in Doolargy Avenue. One volunteer stated:

“It’s great to see so many people coming together and organising such a fantastic event for the kids in the area. I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the next effort”.

The Louth Volunteer Centre is working in partnership with Louth County Council to help people become more interested in community affairs in Doolargy.

The first event to get off the ground was a Christmas party held last year. They have been using the Craobh Rua centre as a hub for organising events and have had great support from Caroline Flanagan and Roisín Keenan.

The Christmas event was a huge success. Adrian McGuinness was a great Santa Claus and Bernie Finn played Mrs Claus.

“It was run by the residents,” said Kayleigh, “and that’s what made it such a success. The kids loved it and it raised €200 to go towards other community events”.

It was a good starting point because when the spring arrived, a group of volunteers joined Caroline Flanagan and Roisín Keenan from Craobh Rua and took part in a major clean-up during the National Spring Clean.

If you would like more information on volunteering or are interested in getting involved within your community, contact Kayleigh from the Louth Volunteer Centre on 0860431379 or email louthvolunteercentre@gmail.com.