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Counter Culture / October 21, 2022

Chancer Cards’ Halloween-themed Top Trumps summon the most iconic Dubliners

Image: Necrochancers
Counter Culture / October 21, 2022

Chancer Cards’ Halloween-themed Top Trumps summon the most iconic Dubliners

Words: Ellen Kenny

Chancer Cards are releasing Necrochancers, a card series summoning the spirits of the most loved and hated Dubliners.

Irish Top Trumps shop Chancer Cards are getting spooky this October. The artists have launched Necrochancers, Top Trumps series celebrating the most iconic Dubliners “who have passed on to the Otherworld.” And as we enter Halloween, Chancer have reimagined these Dubliners with a fresh horror twist.

Did you ever think you’d see Gaybo in full wizard attire? Do you think Oscar Wilde has zombie-energy? Have you ever seen the Luke Kelly head statue and wonder what it might look like if Luke’s body was still holding the disembodied head atop a zombie horse? Well, Necrochancers have you covered.

“We really wanted to feature Dubliners that have passed away”, Chancer Cards creator Classquatch explains, “I thought Halloween time would be perfect to release them as it tied into the tradition for celebrating and honouring people who have passed away.”

Many of the most memorable Dubliners are commemorated in these wonderfully unsettling cards. Countess Markievicz is reimagined as a witch flying over the 1916 rising. Phil Lynott brings a whole new meaning to “The Boys are Back in Town” by opening the gates of hell to summon demons outside Crumlin Shopping Centre. The Millennium Clock haunts a violent green Liffey (not too different from real life, then).

These cards and more are available to see on Instagram, with another card posted each day. Each post also includes a biography of the Irish icon commemorated. “With all the research I carried out I found amazing quotes and stories that I wanted to include in the posts,” Classquatch tells District.

Now we just need to find out who would win in a fight- the Hairy Lemon or George Bernard Shaw.

Necrochancers are currently available for pre-sale at 35 euro for 31 cards, to be delivered to you by Halloween. Click here to order your Necrochancers.

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