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'I dress up and have my hair done, it's the greatest thing ever' - the rise of drive-in bingo

Innovative community groups are providing much needed entertainment for cocooners and younger generations in a safe environment

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Paschal Hurley at the drive-in bingo on Castletownbere Pier, West Cork

Paschal Hurley at the drive-in bingo on Castletownbere Pier, West Cork

Paschal Hurley at the drive-in bingo on Castletownbere Pier, West Cork

Bingo is getting a reboot. The stalwart of community centres and halls is coming to a drive-in near you this summer, spurred on by the Covid-19 crisis.

Nostalgia is strong this year - drive-in movies, reminiscent of a bygone era, are all the rage. But the drive-in phenomenon, with the safe space afforded by sitting in your car, is also taking the bingo scene to a new level. It may even be inspiring a new generation of bingo lovers.

At 7.45pm every Friday evening for the past month, cars make their way to the pier in the bustling fishing town of Castletownbere in the heart of the Beara Peninsula.


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