Monday 24 October 2016

Ladies Day regular Dawn Leadon-Bolger swaps her fascinator for some Comic Con fantasy

Dawn Leadon-Bolger attended the third annual Dublin Comic Con yesterday
Dawn Leadon-Bolger attended the third annual Dublin Comic Con yesterday
Leah Russell, Swords, and Caoimhe Bennett, Santry at Comic Con

Ladies Day regular Dawn Leadon-Bolger swapped her fascinator for pure fantasy when she attended the third annual Dublin Comic Con in the Convention Centre yesterday.

Dawn and her mother Bernie are well-known faces on Ireland's horse-racing scene and frequently enter Best Dressed competitions around the country.

But Dawn went for a different look this weekend, dressing up as The Dag from Mad Max for the two-day convention.

"It's not something I would wear around the parade ring," Dawn told the Herald.

"But it's so much fun dressing up. I'm a big sci-fi fan."

Over 16,000 nerds, trekkies and cosplay fanatics attended Dublin Comic Con.

Over 80pc of attendees arrived in costume with makeshift light sabres and Thor style hammers draped over their shoulders.

It was a family affair for Seamus Tully (34) and his two sons Seamus Jr (4) and Dylan (14) from Tallaght.

"It's a great day out," Seamus said. "We spent three days getting the costumes ready."

Seamus had dressed up as Carnage from Spiderman, while Dylan played Marvel's Red Hood and Seamus Jr dressed up as Scorpion from Mortal Combat.

"We got changed once we got here," dad Seamus said. "Taking the Luas Red Line in full costume would have been a little weird."

Donal O'Murchu spent four months constructing his demon costume.

"I feel like a celebrity in the outfit," he said. "Everyone is coming up and asking you for a photo."

Michelle Garrett (28), from Kilkenny, arrived dressed as Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls.

"It's a great place to meet people," she said. "And the line up of guests was incredible."

An array of cult TV series and movie stars had flown in for the occasion.

Gates McFadden, who played Dr Beverly Crusher on Star Trek, joined a host of other celebrities, including Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Billy West, who voiced Ren and Stimpy and the Looney Tunes.

Organiser Derek Cosgrave said the response to Comic Con has exceeded all their expectations. "It's been fantastic, the costumes and atmosphere were incredible."

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