Halloween Fancy Dress Dinner


Halloween Fancy Dress

Sunday 29th of October 2017

The Castlecourt Hotel, Westport

Theme: Game of Thrones / Medieval Style


Dust out your cobwebs folks! The Halloween team are Super excited about the Fancy dress dinner this year…!!

Its really going to be great fun..

Time to LET GO

and have some fun….



For those of you feeling a little worried or unsure

Try not to….


Remember – It’s all just a bit of fun!


“Dressing up allows everyone to be silly & have lots of fun”

…..and don’t forget – we are all in this together!






Glenwalk’s first Halloween dinner was 3 years ago in the little town of Cahir.

 I remember out walking over the Saturday & Sunday and people asking about the impending fancy dress dinner party. They were asking about costumes, whether it was full on dress up or just a wig and mask thing. I could hear the worry in people’s voices, the worry of standing out, looking silly, worry of either over dressing or under dressing. Some people had even brought 2 costumes so they could cover both scenarios, just in case! 

Sunday evening arrived and I remember at one point while in the hotel room getting ready, I could hear noises and screeches outside in the hallway..

On opening the door I was confronted by an 8 legged 5ft something cockroach looking at me with a quirky smile while in the distance was Charlie Chaplin swinging his cane.


 The atmosphere around the corridors that evening was one of great fun… doors opening and closing, screeches, laughter, giggles, panic… it was all such a buzz.

 Because of a “costume malfunction” I arrived late into the dining room that evening. When I did eventually get there, well….. I will never forget the atmosphere and the buzz that hit me in the room. The laughter, fun & excitement was electric and so contagious! It was absolutely fantastic and everyone had an amazing night…






Fancy dress – for some, it can take them out of their comfort zone way before the actual event even happens – trying to decide who to dress up as, what to wear, worry of being over dressed or under dressed and just generally self conscious about arriving in your chosen gear…. but once you are dressed and in the room surrounded by other fancy dressers – oh what a laugh you have!

I never dressed up in my adult life until 3 years ago. I have to admit that I was really apprehensive and definitely out of my comfort zone. Now though – I love it.

I still feel nervous and definitely a little apprehensive about the approaching Game of Thrones themed party. I still don’t know who or what to dress up as…! But I know without a shadow of doubt that no matter what happens, we will all have an absolute howl of a night…..




So, Im sure most of you have heard that this year we decided to have a themed fancy dress.

The theme being: Game of Thrones

I am very aware not everybody has seen Game of Thrones.


This is perfectly fine…. don’t despair, all is not lost!!!!

All you have to do is to just dress up medieval style.


Below I have got a few links to places were you can buy online or even make your own!! Have a look, maybe something from the choices below will help generate some ideas for you…

For those Glenwalkers who have never watched Game of Thrones, these are tips / pointers to help get some ideas flowing




(Don’t stop here….explore further on You Tube for more idea’s – I just posted these 2 similar vids)


Guys n Girls – believe it or not – make your own in 4 mins!!

<a href=”https://youtu.be/XaH6v70h3ys“>https://youtu.be/XaH6v70h3ys

This vid is pretty similar and the guy talks a lot!! I reckon the video could have been done in 4 mins or less! anyway, there are one or 2 little ideas here..

<a href=”https://youtu.be/8EcoCPU_vhw“>https://youtu.be/8EcoCPU_vhw



Grab little ideas from these Pinterest pictures.

(Pinterest is great for pictures and ideas for anything really…)

<a href=”https://www.pinterest.ie/explore/medieval-costume/?lp=true“>https://www.pinterest.ie/explore/medieval-costume/?lp=true










<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC14281“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC14281

Warrior Tunic €23

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC12816“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC12816

Medieval Sword €6

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC12816“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANC12816

Kings Crown €3

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=HATSCROW“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=HATSCROW

Jewelled Dagger €4

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANA127“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANA127

Medieval Vest €5 (not sure what size it is though)

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANA161“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/ProductDetail.aspx?StockCode=FANA161


There are all sorts of medieval accessories that can be bought online

Rings, necklaces, wigs, crowns, swords

<a href=”https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeThemeListing.aspx?TC=54&pmo=fah“>https://www.woodiespartyzone.ie/Fancy-Dress/CostumeThemeListing.aspx?TC=54&pmo=fah


More accessories can be got here.. great bow & arrow set in her for €15

<a href=”https://www.funidelia.ie/costumes/medieval/3276?filter-term-3-topics%5B%5D=267&filter-term-3-typologies%5B%5D=227&filter-range-1-del_min%5B%5D=&order_products=availability-asc“>https://www.funidelia.ie/costumes/medieval/3276?filter-term-3-topics%5B%5D=267&filter-term-3-typologies%5B%5D=227&filter-range-1-del_min%5B%5D=&order_products=availability-asc




Just a few more pictures below to help get the ideas flowing:





NEXT POST:   Coming soon……The different characters in Game of Thrones and a brief description of each!

Westport Weekend will be opening soon for booking – We will keep you posted!


Have fun folks!




Off to Killarney for Easter

The toss up at the beginning of each year…. which Glenwalk weekends to do!?

I decided to hit Killarney this year. I was on the Killarney weekend only once before and felt it was high time to give it another visit.

All booked and paid for, it wasn’t long before it was time to hit the road. After organising a car pool with 2 other companions, I was looking forward to a road trip consisting of catch up chats, laughs and a lunch stop along the way.

As we left Dublin, it wasn’t long before we slowed down to a crawl with all the other cars escaping for the long weekend. All in all it took us the best part of six hours to get to Killarney – YES 6 hours of traffic crawling, chatting, lunch stops and technical stops! The car chats went from general light chit-chat to deep confessional, very upfront and candid stuff!! Rules are rules of course and at the end of the day as we all well know “what’s spoken in the car stays in the car” so my lips are sealed! I must admit by the end of the weekend I was quite confused. After travelling in different cars I began to get confused at which conversations belonged to which car, who had spoken about what and who I could or couldn’t talk to about certain things!

Stopping off in Adare for lunch, we weren’t in the least bit surprised when we strolled into the café and saw 2 other Glenwalkers sitting having lunch. Sure its Glenwalk after all… we are everywhere!

On arrival to the hotel, the fires were lit and the hotel was feeling cosy… after dumping the bags and doing the obligatory scramble with the roomie for the double bed, we headed back down for a beer to a growing circle of arriving Glenwalkers around the fire.

Later that evening we headed down town for dinner to a restaurant (recommended by Tadhgs friend) called “The Stone Chat”. A cosy restaurant, friendly staff, lovely food mixed with light banter & craic with great company. I would well recommend this restaurant for anyone heading in that direction.


A beer back in the hotel, meet and greet kind of thing and then everyone started heading off to their rooms preparing for the walks ahead. Of course you will always find some late night stragglers reluctant to head off to bed just yet… the famous last words “sure just one more..”

Over the weekend there was a fantastic mix of walks available. From a walk in the park with Jean, 20ft drops and rope activities with Hugon, while Roger and Brendan were hanging out of the Ridges at Coomloughra Horseshoe and the Cummeenapeasta Ridge.

I chose to do 2 MS walks this weekend:

One very questionable “MS” walk with Phillip who brought us from Kate Kearneys to the right of the Gap of Dunloe – Strickeen – Cnoc an Bhráca – Cnoc an dTarbh



and on Sunday a MS with Denis to Mangerton



As always we were spoilt with an alternative choice on Sunday. Tony gathered some troops and headed off for a relaxed cycle of the area.

Both dinners as always went great. Lovely food, good chats and laughs, a few too many drinks followed by, on Sunday a trip into the heart of Killarney to a pub where we stood shoulder to shoulder unable to move! Good times!! Haha. A Session on Sunday night where Conor, Leon and Duncan providing some great music and tunes along with other Glenwalkers led us into the wee hours of Monday morning.

I have noticed in the past many months some changes in Glenwalk.. Changes in a positive manner. Moving forward its exciting times. Members are now being encouraged to get involved with events, weekends, becoming leaders and more… This is good for sure.. This weekend Marie stepped in and organised the weekend in Killarney while Tadhg stepped up and took on the speech at dinner. Well done to you both and to everyone else involved.. Especially to the leaders who gave their time, coming down early to recce walks for us, making sure everything was accessible and running smoothly on the day.

I have to say, I missed a lot of the regular faces that were not able to make it but at the same time it was really great to get to know the newer members. It was a thoroughly great weekend and I’m glad I went.

Its always a little sad leaving a weekend and leaving the camaraderie that has being built over the weekend.. but sure hey ….there is always the Donegal weekend looming in June!


Something a little different….

Speaking of change folks… This year I have offered to organise both the Summer Party and the Halloween Party on the October b’hol weekend. I have been conferring with some team members and I must say Im really excited about both events!

The Summer Party will be taking place on Saturday 19th of August… Pop it into your diaries and maybe even go as far as getting ahead of the game and organising your team of 4/5 people. I will tell you more soon but for the moment just to know – You will be out around the streets of Dublin competing against the other teams in Glenwalk… Its going to be the Craic! There will be plenty of laughs and maybe even a pub stop or 2 along the way if you get thirsty…

But most important…

WHO will be crowned the WINNER….


See you all out in the hills

Linda Jordan