House Of Plates to Challenge Customers to Dine in the Dark

On Thursday the 9th of November House Of Plates, Castlebar, will challenge local customers to Dine in the Dark as part of Ireland’s first National Dine in the Dark week. On the back of an innovative partnership between the Restaurants Association of Ireland and the National Council for the Blind 200 restaurants across Ireland will hold their own Dine in the Dark session from the 6th – 13th November.

Dine in the Dark is a weeklong culinary celebration that will see 200 restaurants and 8000 people Go Dark for sight loss in November. Dine in the Dark is a unique dining event, where guests are blind folded throughout the full dining experience. Without their sight to guide them, guests experience complex tastes, flavours and textures in a completely new and innovative way. Senses are heightened, altering taste, touch, smell and communication during the meal. €5 from every meal will be donated to NCBI.

Speaking in advance of the event Restaurant owner Barry Ralph said; “We are very excited about this night, here in House Of Plates we are a unique dining experience and we always like to try new things.
NCBI CEO, Chris White said; “We are thrilled that House Of Plates have registered to Dine in the Dark on the 10th of November. Sight loss affects one in six people in Ireland, With House Of Plates support we are bringing people together to raise awareness, vital funds and of course to have fun”.

Restaurants across Ireland will host their own Dine in the Dark evening throughout the week of the 6th – 13th of November. All information can be found on

NCBI is the National Sight Loss Agency. NCBI’s services include emotional support and counselling, low vision solutions like magnifiers, assistive technology advice and training, rehabilitation training (including independent living skills and using a long cane), a large print, audio and Braille library. The organisation also has an online shop with lots of practical solutions.

To book your place please contact House Of Plates on (094)9250742 or email

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