Chained to dwarves...the latest bizarre trend taking Irish hen parties by storm
DWARVES chained to brides-to-be are a popular form of entertainment for Irish hen parties, according to a spokesperson for a firm who provide the service.
Strip Ireland said it hires out dwarves who use plastic chains to connect themselves to the brides, a play on the phrase “ball and chain”.
Bride-to-be Sarah Mc Sweeney told Joe Duffy on Liveline earlier today that her bridesmaids hired a dwarf for her hen party in Clare.
“We were out for dinner in Lahinch and this man comes up to me and said that (her fiancée) had sent him to look after me for the night and he handcuffed himself to me and he sat beside me. We had chats and a laugh for about two and half hours,” said Sarah.
“He was really nice to me at the beginning and he demanded that drink be brought to me straight away because he could see that I was uncomfortable with the situation. We were all shocked at the beginning because nobody knew how to react but then there was laughter.
"I found it morally wrong at the beginning to make fun of someone but when you see the entertainment it was great."
Sarah said that they spoke about his family, his life and his acting career in London.
“He was dragging me around getting me to interact with people. They were taking photos because they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was good fun,” she said.
A woman called Jean told Joe Duffy that she had a 42-year-old son who was a “small person” and was “shocked” about what she heard.
“I cannot believe that is called entertainment and amusement,” she said. “They were hired for circuses but that’s not now in 2016. This is not entertainment, this is absolutely shocking.”
Jean described how her son had been bullied because of his size. “He listens to music when he goes to town so he doesn’t hear the abuse. He was walking one day and a guy leaped over him and said ‘Hi midget’,” she said.
Joan asked bride-to-be Sarah if she was proud of her bridesmaids for hiring the dwarf.
“It was what he wanted to do, it was good fun,” Sarah said.
“These are entertainers, nobody is forcing them to do it. It’s their choice,” Strip Ireland said.