Monday 24 April 2017

'Fun, freckles and frolicks' - Annual Irish Redhead Convention returns

The 2014/15 King and Queen of the Redheads, Gary Fitzgibbon from Crosshaven and Laura-May Keohane from Kinsale, pictured onstage at the 2014 Irish Redhead Convention in Crosshaven.
Photo: Diane Cusack
The 2014/15 King and Queen of the Redheads, Gary Fitzgibbon from Crosshaven and Laura-May Keohane from Kinsale, pictured onstage at the 2014 Irish Redhead Convention in Crosshaven. Photo: Diane Cusack
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The Irish Redhead Convention was a whacky idea dreamt up by siblings and proud redheads Joleen and Denis Cronin way back in 2010. (www.redheadconvention.ie). Photo: Darragh Kane
Cooper the dog poses for a portrait during the Irish Redhead Convention in the village of Crosshaven in County Cork. The annual festival which attracts people from all over the world celebrates people with red hair (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

Sasha Brady

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.

King of the Redheads 2015 Alan Reidy, from Blennerville, Co. Kerry with Queen of the Redheads 2015 Graine Keena, from Fermoy
King of the Redheads 2015 Alan Reidy, from Blennerville, Co. Kerry with Queen of the Redheads 2015 Graine Keena, from Fermoy

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.

Cooper the dog poses for a portrait during the Irish Redhead Convention in the village of Crosshaven in County Cork. The annual festival which attracts people from all over the world celebrates people with red hair (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)
Cooper the dog poses for a portrait during the Irish Redhead Convention in the village of Crosshaven in County Cork. The annual festival which attracts people from all over the world celebrates people with red hair (REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton)

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.

The Irish Redhead Convention was a whacky idea dreamt up by siblings and proud redheads Joleen and Denis Cronin way back in 2010. (www.redheadconvention.ie). Photo: Darragh Kane
The Irish Redhead Convention was a whacky idea dreamt up by siblings and proud redheads Joleen and Denis Cronin way back in 2010. (www.redheadconvention.ie). Photo: Darragh Kane

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.

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