Let's face it – we're the most beautiful, jokes O'Gara
THE beaming faces of international rugby star Ronan O'Gara and Pat O'Connell, the Cork fishmonger who famously shared a joke with Queen Elizabeth, now grace the halls of one of the country's airports.
Distinctive faces captured from the streets of the 'People's Republic of Cork' have been taken by five of the city's photographers for a charity fundraising exhibition at Cork Airport.
Co-ordinator Dennis Horgan said the images in the 'Faces of Cork' exhibition varied from RTE star Bill O'Herlihy to portraits of a taxi driver.
"We wanted to get a sense of the people of Cork and it is a really good mix of people," said Mr Horgan.
There are an additional seven giant images hanging off buildings in the city.
Mr Horgan said collection boxes had also been placed at the airport alongside the photographs to help raise money for Haven, a charity working with the stricken people of Haiti, and the Marymount Hospice in Cork.
Munster fly-half O'Gara, who takes up a coaching role with Paris-based Racing Metro next season, joked the exhibition was a celebration of Ireland's largest and "arguably most beautiful" county.
He said the Marymount Hospice had a "special place" in the hearts of the people of Cork as it had touched so many lives, while Haven had worked tirelessly to rebuild communities and give hope to the people of Haiti.
The 62 faces captured by photographerswill greet visitors at the arrivals hall over the next four months.
"The face of young Roy Saville, a Special Olympics hero that wiped the floor with people in Seoul, is (among those) beaming out at people," added Mr Horgan.
* Anyone who wants to donate can text 'Face' to 50300 to donate €4 to the charities.