Wednesday 15 July 2009

Adventures in Monster Land

Here's a story.

I worked on a project last year with a lovely lady in Standhill, Sligo called Marie-Claire McKenna for her great venture called Monster Cafe. She set up her mobile coffee company using a brilliant (very green) electric van selling all sorts of delicious delights in and around the Sligo area.

After weeks of toing and froing in emails developing the characters we arrived at the monsters above for the artwork for the company and I got to work on developing it all for the various bits like the van itself, t-shirts, cards and stationary etc.

I was delighted when Maire-Claire contacted me to say everything was ready to go and she sent me a mail with photos of the van in action. Horrifyingly though, after two days in business, disaster struck. Maire-Claire was travelling along the duel-carriageway near Collooney in January when a lorry came racing up behind her and didn't stop. It ploughed into her and flipped the van on it's side. Astoundingly Maire-Claire was completely fine save for minor injuries but the van was totally wrecked.

I was horrified to hear the news but was so happy to hear that she was ok. The best news is that she has a new van and is back in business with a new van is doing really well. I just received one of the t-shirts in the post from Marie-Claire which prompted me to post about the whole adventure.

If you see the Monster Cafe out and about be sure to give her your support. I hear the coffee and cakes are only amazing.



Paddy said...

She was so lucky. I hope the truck driver was traced and charged.
Glad to hear she is back in business again.

My word verification on this is 'trainati' (or coffee?)

Deirdre said...

Glad there was a happy ending, she was so lucky. We will keep an eye out for her when we go to Sligo this weekend.

Ciara said...

That is a story! Janey-mac! Glad she's ok, and the Monster Cafe is back on the road.