Thursday 13 December 2018

Charity: Fangs for memories at spooktacular taxi drivers' day out

Celebration: Paddy Drac and Keith Doyle, from Stewarts care home in Palmerstown, during the Dublin Taxi Drivers special children’s outing 2018 at Parnell Square. Photos: Tony Gavin
Celebration: Paddy Drac and Keith Doyle, from Stewarts care home in Palmerstown, during the Dublin Taxi Drivers special children’s outing 2018 at Parnell Square. Photos: Tony Gavin
Eilish O’Carroll, who plays Winnie in the BBC’s ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’, dances with Sinead Nolan, Louise King and Caroline Keogh. Photos: Tony Gavin

Paddy Drac may have seen the sun set on his vampire routine at the St Patrick's Day Parade but he was on hand for some spooktacular fun at the Annual Dublin Taxi Drivers' Outing yesterday.

Tallaght's Paddy Finlay, known to everyone as "Paddy Drac", has been bringing a smile to children with special needs at the outing for the last 50 years.

The Dracula impersonator has been entertaining children at the event since 1968. And this year was certainly no exception.

Mr Finlay, who spent his working years behind the wheel of a hearse for Rom Massey & Sons Funeral Parlour, announced earlier this year that he would "hang up his cloak" and had participated in his final St Patrick's Day festival.

But he was back on site outside the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin yesterday to provide entertainment to nearly 1,000 children.

The day started off in the city centre with a performance from the Garda band.

Hundreds of drivers then travelled in a convoy out to Leopardstown racecourse.

According to one of the organisers, Neil Wilson, the party continued through the afternoon. "We had a big party disco. It's an event the drivers love," he said.

"We are growing every year."

Irish Independent

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