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Kellie Harrington launches ‘Drac Olympics’ in bid to give community boost at Halloween festival

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Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington meets children Isabel Lyons, Lorcan Sheery and Braxton Byas at Mounjoy Square during the Big Scream Halloween Community Festival as part of the Dublin's North East Inner City Halloween Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington meets children Isabel Lyons, Lorcan Sheery and Braxton Byas at Mounjoy Square during the Big Scream Halloween Community Festival as part of the Dublin's North East Inner City Halloween Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Olympic gold medallist Kellie Harrington meets children Isabel Lyons, Lorcan Sheery and Braxton Byas at Mounjoy Square during the Big Scream Halloween Community Festival as part of the Dublin's North East Inner City Halloween Festival. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Olympic gold medal hero Kellie Harrington yesterday launched the Drac Olympics on the opening day of the Big Scream Halloween Community Festival in Dublin’s North East Inner City (NEIC).

 The festival will celebrate the NEIC community’s resilience after 18 months of “lost lives and livelihoods”.

Despite ongoing struggles, the communities of Sheriff Street, Ballybough and Seán McDermott Street have come together to organise the festival as a mark of their determination to make this Halloween one that their children will remember for all the right reasons.

“The pandemic has had a detrimental effect on this area, not just in terms of lost lives, but it has had a particularly negative effect on this community’s physical and mental wellbeing,’’ chairman of the festival Peter O’Connor said.

“Job losses, isolation and the pressures experienced by families living in confined spaces during a pandemic are just some of the consequences.”  

This year’s community led festival offers eight days of free events, which are mostly outdoor activities including a two-day funfair, Halloween fairy garden, ghost walks, cultural walking tours, scavenger hunts and workshops.

The theme of the annual festival is Dracula as Bram Stoker lived in the North East Inner City for six years, longer than any other stint in other parts of the city.

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