Anyone who happened to be in the vicinity of Mill Street on Wednesday, 26th October last, could well be forgiven for thinking that they had arrived at a magical get together; in fact, what was actually happening was Croí na Gaillimhe’s annual Halloween Party! The event, which was part of “Social Inclusion Week”, in conjunction with Westside C.D.P., began with lunch which was provided by COPE Galway Community Catering and served by a number of the Resource Centre’s volunteers.
The room was beautifully decorated with Halloween images for the event and staff members, Maria, Anna Marie, and volunteers Kevin and Niamh, together with Vernice from Westside C.D.P. kept a watchful eye on proceedings. Most of the guests in attendance were suitably attired for the occasion, with many dressed as witches and ghouls of all descriptions! The energy and enthusiasm of all concerned was very much in evidence judging by the efforts made at both decorating and indeed, the costumes.
Following the delicious lunch the room was swiftly transformed into a ballroom area, as tables and chairs were removed by staff and volunteers. Musicians John Fallon, Michael Farragher, Kieran Connolly and Clíona Ball provided the excellent music for the afternoon as guests took to the floor in true “round the house and mind the dresser” style! Indeed, as the dancing continued many of the couples on the floor would have looked very much at home as participants in Strictly Come Dancing!
As the proceedings came to a close everyone present was in complete agreement that it had been an excellent afternoon’s entertainment. At that point the only thing remaining to be done was to hang up their witches’ hats and brooms for another year and begin making preparations for the Christmas Party; the next big event on their social calendar!
Photos: Niamh and Maria