Saturday 24 March 2018

Painting the town red

CELEBRATING five years of foxiness, the Irish Redhead Convention takes place in Crosshaven from August 22-24 this year. Hundreds of redheads from all over Ireland, with visitors travelling from as far as New Zealand, Germany and the States are expected to descend upon the coastal village.

The convention, which is also a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society, has now grown to be a festival of extraordinary uniqueness, which last year attracted over 2,000 people.

There is a line up of flame haired artists and performers including Orla Gartland, Karrie O'Sullivan, Christine Deady and Rua; a string quartet made up entirely of natural redheads.

Festival goers can expect to parade through Crosshaven proudly displaying their red hair and also take part in individual photoshoots hosted by photographers Jorg Koster and Jason Clarke, and a large group photograph where hundreds of redheads momentarily come together. One of the many highlights of the weekend's activities is the crowning of the new King and Queen of the Redheads, who will be year long ambassadors for gingers throughout Ireland and the world.

Other activities include the screening of RTÉ's award winning web series 'Cuckoo', which tells the story of Niamh, a redhead who recognises herself after seeing a digitally "aged" photo of an abducted child. Lead actress Pagan McGrath and producer Marie Caffrey will also hold a Q&A session for movie goers during the weekend.

And after a recent false reports of redhead's dying out due to climate change, organisers have arranged special Ginger Speed Dating sessions, to combat any threat of extinction.