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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Irish redheads prepare to travel to Crosshaven for Redhead Convention in aid of the Irish Cancer Society

Clare Cullen

Published 31/07/2013|17:01

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Described on their website as “A festival of ginger loving madness and a celebration of all things to do with having fabulous red hair!”, the Convention will take place this year from Friday, August 23rd to Sunday 25th. It is the fourth year of the Convention, and redheads from all over Ireland are expected to travel down to Crosshaven for the occasion.

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The Convention will start with ‘REDgistration’, where redheads will receive an official ‘RedHead Certificate of Genuine Foxiness’. Impromptu speeches or performances will be catered for by the ‘Big Red Soap Box’ and prizes will be given in family-friendly competitions like ‘longest red hair’ and ‘furthest travelled redhead’.

There will be a King and Queen ‘of the Gingers’ crowned at the Convention, which has been selected as one of the ‘Gathering Ireland’ flagship events for 2013.

The highly anticipated documentary “Being Ginger” by Scott P.Harris will have it's world premiere at the Irish Redhead Convention. The documentary begins with the question ‘Can I find a woman who is specifically attracted to men with red hair?’ and explores the lives, loves and insecurities of modern redheads.

For any non-redhead that feels left out, there will be red hair dying available at the Convention.

A pre-convention event this week saw the organisers break a Guiness World Record for most cookies baked in an hour, with 4695 ginger nuts being baked in Hassett’s bakery in Carrigaline in advance of the festival. The ginger nuts are now on sale on the Irish Redhead Convention website.

Scarlet beauty blogger Stephanie Vandetti spoke at the Conference in 2012. Her blog ‘How To Be A Red Head’ was nominated for Best Beauty Blog in 2011 by Shape Magazine, and Vandetti now has a Huffpost and Style.com coloumn entitled RockitlikeaRedhead™.

You can follow the Convention on Facebook here.

Celebrating their World Record of 4695 cookies made in 1 hour at Hassets Bakery in Carrigaline were Michael Hasset, Nicholas O'Leary, Pat O'Leary, Chairman Cork Branch Restaurant Assoc.; Denis Murphy, Simon Joulin, Denis Cronin, Barrister Jim O'Mahony and Joleen Cronin, Irish Redhead Convention. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Celebrating their World Record of 4695 cookies made in 1 hour at Hassets Bakery in Carrigaline were Michael Hasset, Nicholas O'Leary, Pat O'Leary, Chairman Cork Branch Restaurant Assoc.; Denis Murphy, Simon Joulin, Denis Cronin, Barrister Jim O'Mahony and Joleen Cronin, Irish Redhead Convention. Picture: Howard Crowdy

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