PETER Clohessy only ever wore one shade of green on the rugby pitch, but Claw’s bar will play host to a ladies’ night dedicated to the monster success of raunchy book Fifty Shades of Grey later this month.
Kissograms, dancers, saucy games and cocktails will be the order of the night at the ‘Fifty Shades of Thelma and Louise’s’ ladies’ night on August 31 in the popular Howley’s Quay establishment.
While the former rugby hero was remaining tight-lipped about whether he has read the erotic novel by British author EL James, Sharon Tucker, owner of Thelma and Louise’s ‘adult fun store’ on Shannon Street, who is organising the charity event, said Clohessy’s were delighted to be involved.
“Clohessy’s are very happy to host the event because all of the proceeds are going to charity,” said Ms Tucker, who opened the shop nearly two years ago.
“It will be good clean fun, a ladies’ night out, to have a laugh and just enjoy themselves. It opens the eyes of people who have been narrow-minded to the adult shop industry, to let them know that it is a different world, we are very welcoming,” she added.
The 40 year-old Southill woman said the night – “open to gay men, but not hetrosexual males” – would feature games modelled on the book on the night.
“We will have a group of male kissograms and dancers coming from Dublin and a drag queen act, goodie bags, surprises and games to do with the Fifty Shades book,” she explained.
“It will be fun, it will be light, a good night out for girls. A lot of girls are using it for a work night out. Thirty nurses came in and booked it yesterday - you know what nurses are like, they are mad,” she laughed.
The book’s incredible success – selling over 40 million copies worldwide – has had a knock-on impact on Ms Tucker’s business, which is booming like never before, she explained.
“The trade is booming, we can’t keep up with it, I have taken on extra staff.
“We open doors at 10am in the morning and we have customers outside the door waiting to come in. It is just amazing what 50 Shades has done for the business.
“It has put new life into the industry, that old ‘sex shop’ thing is gone now, we call it a fun store because it is all about fun.
I would say 75% of our customers are female. They are the ones dragging in the boyfriends. This book has opened up new thoughts and ideas to the women coming into the shop.”