It's loud and proud as red heads let hair down
GINGER ninja, carrot-top, Duracell, big red, rusty -- you name it, they were there.
The town of Crosshaven in Cork hosted the country's first gathering of red-haired people over the weekend.
The Red Head Convention, which raised funds for the Irish Cancer Society, drew around 300 proud redheads from all over the country. Participants took part in a number of activities, including a carrot-tossing competition, redhead speed-dating and contests relating to 'ginger' characteristics.
Contestants vied for 'best red eyebrows', 'best ex-redhead' and even 'most freckles per square inch'.
John O'Malley, from Swinford, Co Mayo, won 'King of the Red Heads' title, while Anneka Corcoran of Blarney, Co Cork, was crowned Queen.
'Curliest red head' went to the appropriately named Rhea Reddy, aged two, from Balbriggan, Co Dublin.
Meanwhile, Cork native John Arnold (54) won 'best ex-red head' after satisfying judges with photos from his younger years.
The frolics weren't restricted to the flame-haired, with a hairdressing station set up to dye hair for charity.
Bill Galligan of the Holistic Hair Group gave a lecture about the science of red hair, while a special menu included Thai red curry and smoked salmon.
"The response has been massive, so we might have to make this a yearly event," convention organiser Denis Cronin said.