Wednesday 26 July 2017

Meet the Kork Kardashians- The eight Irish brothers who give the Hollywood family a run for their money

Kenneth (37), Kieran (35), Kevin (33), Keith (31), Kristopher (30), Konrad (26), Kraig (23) and Kory Im (20) from Ballyphehane in Cork
Kenneth (37), Kieran (35), Kevin (33), Keith (31), Kristopher (30), Konrad (26), Kraig (23) and Kory Im (20) from Ballyphehane in Cork
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Kris, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall, and Kylie- The Kardashians sure are fond of their K-inspired names, but an Irish band of brothers have an interesting array of monikers to rival the Hollywood klan.

Meet brothers Kenneth (37), Kieran (35), Kevin (33), Keith (31), Kristopher (30), Konrad (26), Kraig (23) and Kory Im (20) from Ballyphehane in Cork, whose mum certainly strayed away from the list of most popular baby names.

The brothers' interesting monikers rival the Kardashians'
The brothers' interesting monikers rival the Kardashians'

Sixth-born son Konrad Im (26) admitted that his mum Carmel Kennedy’s inspiration for her K-inspired brood was something of a coincidence and she enlisted the help of her midwives to choose the right monikers.

“The first three names were kind of a coincidence. My mom had the same nurses for all of our births so they started to help pick names for the rest of us

“Besides our names though I don’t think we have much in common with the Kardashians,” said Konrad.

Konrad and his siblings welcomed a new sister last year and although his dad has remarried, he couldn’t resist the lure of the K.

“We also have a one-year-old sister Kelly, who my dad has with his new wife. The tradition had to be continued,” he said.

The large Cork family were thrilled when Konrad was crowned Mr Gay Ireland earlier this year. The 26-year-old is currently competing in Mr Gay Europe in Norway.

Konrad is representing Ireland in Mr Gay Europe
Konrad is representing Ireland in Mr Gay Europe

“Since  I was the first Corkonian to be crowned Mr Gay Ireland my life has changed quite a bit.

“Two years ago, I would barely speak in general, let alone in public. Having to do interviews for papers, radio and even judging this year’s MGI heats, has massively improved my self confidence.

"I'm so proud to be here in Norway representing Ireland at the Mr Gay Europe final. It’s been the best experience I’ve ever had and I’ve made friends for life,” he said.

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