'There was little I could do with a paper napkin', says Michael O'Doherty on Amanda Brunker's seagull incident
He might be the man behind the biggest red carpet ceremony in Ireland, but Michael O'Doherty isn't a miracle worker.
The VIP Magazine publisher was photographed on Friday coming to the aid of tv personality Amanda Brunker, who had an unfortunate incident with a seagull on her way to the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.
The best-selling author arrived frantic as she told onlookers that "A seagull s*** on my head" moments before arriving to walk the red carpet.
And after 14 years of avoiding being photographed at the awards, O'Doherty said today there was little he could do to save the day in spite of his valiant effort to clean her freshly coiffed locks with a white paper napkin.
Writing in his Herald column, MOD said: "The contrast between the unpleasantness of this task and the magnificence on display just out of picture could not have been more pronounced, and but for the loudness of Amanda's presence, this hair malfunction might have passed unnoticed.
"But Brunker being Brunker insisted on approaching me on the red carpet, blaring out one of the most memorable quotes in Style Awards history: "A seagull just s**t in my hair!"
"There was, sadly, little I could do with a paper napkin and what I can only describe as a considerable deposit."
Never one to hold back an acerbic joke when the opportunity strikes, the witty publisher told the TV3 reality star not to worry about the incident.
"It may be a small blessing, but the colour of the seagull's bomb actually complemented her hair perfectly, which resulted in my answering Amanda's desperate plea as to how bad it looked with the words: "Don't worry, you can hardly tell the difference."
In hindsight, that probably came out wrong, but at least it wasn't as cruel as a text I received from a friend the next day who, not impressed by Amanda's hysterics, wrote: "I owe that seagull a pint."