'Fun, freckles and frolicks' - Annual Irish Redhead Convention returns
Published 09/08/2016 | 11:14
The seventh annual Irish Redhead Convention is taking place later this month and promises plenty of "fun, freckles and frolicks".
The sleepy, seaside village of Crosshaven, County Cork will come alive this month to celebrate all things ginger.
The convention takes place between August 19 and 21 with events such as carrot-tossing, ginger speed-dating, freckle counting, certificates of genuine foxiness and the coronation of the Redhead King and Queen.
Competitions will take place for the Reddest Eyebrows and World's Greatest Ginger Beard - if you know anyone that qualifies, make sure that you bring them along.
For the first time ever, the Irish Redhead Convention will host the MOGO (Music of Ginger Origin) awards with public votes selecting winners of categories such as Best Ginger Musician, Services to MOGO and Best Ginger Newcomer.
The Foxygen stage will see Orla Gartland, Miles Graham and Gary Lamont, actor and star of Scottish soap River City headline; while on the ElectRED picnic stage, Red Shearin’ will make an appearance, as redhead farmer Michael O’Sullivan and PJ Lynch co-host a sheep shearing demonstration.
Mind boggling magic, mentalism and close-up illusions will be performed by redhead magician Rua, star of TG4 ten part series Draiocht. And a 2.3 metre handmade steel fox created by artist Lynn Kirkam will also be auctioned off.
Jacky Colliss Harvey, author of RED: A Natural History of the Redhead will present a seminar on the most influential Irish redheads in our history and will explore red hair throughout the ages including science, religion, politics, feminism, literature and art.
The festival is family-friendly and suitable for people of all ages.
The Kids Zone will include activities such as Redheads vs Non-Gingers tug of war, orange lawn bowling, giant ginger jenga and a treasure trail teaser bringing you around Crosshaven.
Tickets cost €5 with all proceeds going to the Irish Cancer Society.
For anyone wondering, non-red heads are allowed to attend the convention, too.