'A seagull s*** in my hair!' - disaster for Amanda Brunker on VIP Style Awards red carpet
The Marker may well be one of the swankiest five star hotels in Dublin but its beautiful location on the city's docks means it shares a home with thousands of seagulls.
And they're not always careful about where they choose to empty their bowels, as former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker found out, to her horror, as she waltzed down the VIP Style Awards red carpet last night.
One witness to the unfortunate incident said that Amanda, dressed to the nines in a slinky black dress with perfectly coiffed hair, came running up to the VIP interview area outside the hotel shortly before the awards ceremony kicked off.
"She comes up to the VIP interview area where organiser Michael O'Doherty is ushering people in and said: 'A seagull s*** in my hair. A seagull has just s*** on me!'
"She said this to Michael O'Doherty. And then someone handed her a serviette to wipe her hair. She turned to Michael then and asked him to remove the seagull droppings from her hair.
"Michael did his best with the napkin. Poor Amanda though, she went and it just looked like somebody spat at the back of her hair. There was nothing she could do but she bravely soldiered on."
Mum-of-two Amanda could see the funny side though.
She tweeted about the incident from her Twitter account.
And @DublinSeagulls - a Twitter account claiming to represent the seagull population in Dublin - tweeted Amanda saying 'We never miss', which she duly retweeted.
The incident is, however awful, is mild compared to some encounters people have had with seagulls in Dublin in recent months.
Last summer Fianna Fail Senator Ned O'Sullivan called for Environment Minister Alan Kelly to take remedial action over the birds which he said had "lost the run of themselves completely".
He maintained that their "raucous" behaviour had become a major annoyance in parts of the capital.
"I saw they were getting so cheeky that they were attacking young children, and dispossessing them of their lollipops, and stuff like that. It might be funny to many people, but it's a serious issue in Dublin."
In January, the Department of Health advertised for a specialist pest control firm to clip the wings of a colony of seagulls circling the Government department.