‘Dining in the Dark’ to help people see at Roly Saul The Restaurant

Press Release

Dundrum Restaurateur Ronnie Saul embarks on 720 kilometre charity cycle from Paris to Nice

Dundrum restaurateurs, Roly and Ronnie Saul of Roly Saul The Restaurant, are set to turn the lights out on diners at a once-off event, entitled ‘Dining in the Dark’. The event will raise money for two Irish charities, Fighting Blindness and Dublin South Arch Club on Thursday, August 28th at 7.30pm in their Dundrum Town Centre restaurant.

Guests of ‘Dining in the Dark’ will be presented with a blindfold upon arrival and go on an exciting journey of heightened senses where taste, smell and sound will take on new meaning. Joining the usual professional team, a number of people who are living with sight loss, will become servers themselves for the occasion, in the beautifully restored 300-year-old mill house. Patrons will be treated to an exquisite four course meal at Roly Saul The Restaurant in total darkness bringing the words of Paul Gauguin to life, “I shut my eyes in order to see”.

‘Dining in the Dark’ will take place alongside the annual charity race ‘Paris to Nice’ that takes cyclists 720 kilometres across France over seven days to support eighteen Irish charities.

Avid cyclist Ronnie Saul, will take part in Paris to Nice this year for the second year running. Ronnie explains, “I love to cycle for fitness and for enjoyment. I got involved with the Paris to Nice charity cycle for the first time last years as it is an excellent way to support Irish charities and combine two of my passions, cycling and travel!”  She will be joined by local Dundrum man and Tour de France winner Stephen Roche to complete the last leg of the route from Paris to Nice.

All proceeds from ‘Dining in the Dark’ at Roly Saul The Restaurant will be split between Fighting Blindness and Dublin South Arch Club. Fighting Blindness is an Irish charity that aims to cure, support and empower those experiencing blindness.  An estimated 224,000 adults and children in Ireland are affected by sight loss according to Fighting Blindness of which they claim 75-80% is preventable. Dublin South Arch Club provide a social environment for people with special needs.

Ronnie and Roly Saul of Roly Saul The Restaurant lend their patronage to a different charity each year from the eighteen Irish charities that ‘Paris to Nice’ supports.  Ronnie Saul went on to say, “This year I will cycle to raise money for Dublin South Arch Club, a wonderful local charity that supports people with special needs and who are in desperate need of a new club house. We are really excited at Roly Saul The Restaurant to host ‘Dining in the Dark’ on August 28th to raise funds for two P2N charities, Fighting Blindness and Dublin South Arch Club.”

‘Dining in the Dark’ will take place on Thursday at 7.30pm, August 28th at Roly Saul, The Mill House in Dundrum Town Centre. The specially designed menu for the event costs €70 and all proceeds from the evening will go towards the two charities. To make a reservation call 01 299 0003 or visit www.rolydundrum.ie for more information. Donations to Fighting Blindness or Dublin South Arch Club can be made online at www.paris2nice.com or in person at Roly Saul The Restaurant, Dundrum Town Centre.