Halloween street fun in Hynd’s Square

Pauline McEvoy and Alison Browne, two of the organizers of the successful  "Arts for Everyone" Community Art Day held last Saturday in Hynd's Square, Portlaoise.                                                                     Photo Kevin Byrne
Hynd’s Square off Portlaoise Main Street will be packed with witches, ghosts and spooky delights this Saturday October 25, as the first Hidden Quarter market kicks off.

Hynd’s Square off Portlaoise Main Street will be packed with witches, ghosts and spooky delights this Saturday October 25, as the first Hidden Quarter market kicks off.

“We want to create a hive of activity in Hynds Square because we believe it is a beautiful little square, but forgotten,” said proprietor of Shimoda art studio, Pauline McEvoy.

The pedestrian square links Jessop Street to Main Street, and is home to shops, restaurants and other businesses. It will be strung with Halloween decorations made by children attending art classes in Shimoda, with music, market stalls, mask making, face painting, spooky games and a prize for best costume.

“We want to create a different atmosphere each month, so people will return again. November and December will have Christmas themes but we have new ideas for the new year,” said Pauline, who welcomes sponsors for the market.

Also involved is experienced event organiser Michael Delaney, who is secretary of Laois Crafts and the man behind Portlaoise Christmas Market and Voices Across Culture.

“I have been helping him with those events and we saw an opportunity to develop something on a more regular basis. Since I rented the unit, I have been anxious to bring more life to Hynd’s Square,” Pauline said.

‘Hidden Quarter’ will be launched this Friday October 24 at 8pm, together with an art exhibition in Shimoda. The market will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday.