Gothic occupation of Dublin

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Last weekend saw lovers of all thing gothic takeover the Irish capital as people celebrated the Bram Stoker festival.

The author, responsible for the literary classic Dracula, inspired a host of people to don their eeriest outfits on the weekend before Halloween.

The night preceding the festival saw the Parnell Monument get a horrific makeover, with light-up LED eyes and the Sir John Grey statue on O’Connell street was decorated with a red cape.

The weekend saw a host of activities to entertain Dracula fans, with a nail bar for those wishing to ornate their talons and a vampwire for those wanting to fly through the skies in their capes.

Along with a host of theatre and literary workshops there was a dance off between zombies and Goths on Saturday which took over St. Stephen’s Green.

The festival’s website says that due to the growing worldwide fascination with Bram Stoker and his most iconic creation, Count Dracula, his descendants have taken an active role to provide historically accurate information about Bram Stoker and his life and raise international awareness of Bram Stoker as an Irishman.

They seek to have a statue erected of Stoker in his native Dublin, where he spent the first half of his life.

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