Always carry an umbrella in Dublin. We had barely arrived when the skies opened up and we found ourselves outside a natural foods juice bar with Batman (out of costume).
Micheal McCabe AKA Batman, Spider-Man, Ironman, any of the Ninja Turtles …has a expanding variety of costumed personas. Not entirely crazy he runs a for profit company called Loc-Down Events which you can find on Facebook
Micheal has great social intelligence and kept us entertained talking to us about his company, Irish politics, and places to see in Dublin.
His company, Loc-Down Events has a number of staff who get to dress up in movie quality costumes and go out to businesses, parties, festivals and be not-themselves for fun, profit and sometimes as volunteers to help kids heal in hospital settings. His company has a long list of characters they portray. With the new Batman vs. Superman movie, no doubt they are busy.
We were sitting outside under an awning that had to be pushed up every once in a while to drain the small lake of water accumulating just above our heads. Micheal showed us an article in that day’s newspaper featuring their company’s characters hanging out with kids at the hospital. This was where Micheal really got proudly expressive describing the events that his company takes part in to help kids.
Micheal is just as enthusiastic and lively as his photo portrays. He didn’t have to say he loves his work, loves kids, or loves giving of his time and talents – this was written all over his face.
Micheal’s work with children in hospitals got me researching about how widespread a trend it might be for there to be heros in hospitals. Though the costumed company Micheal represents obviously helps, some hospitals in Ireland have recognized the need for play in healing for years. There are play therapists of course that help kids with deep seeded issues and trauma but there are also a growing number of professional “play specialists” who likely prevent trauma by helping kids be more relaxed about being in a clinical setting. On the practical side play specialists require less training, cost less, and can therefore be hired in greater numbers. Here is a great article on this trend in Irish medicine..