Tuesday 24 April 2018

Looking out for Kimye - Hundreds of teenagers descend upon Cork hotel following rumours of Kim and Kanye's check-in

A group of fans at Cork's Castlemartyr Hotel.
A group of fans at Cork's Castlemartyr Hotel.

Graham Clifford

Upwards of 150 excited teenagers descended on the Castlemartyr resort in East Cork this evening hoping to get a glimpse of the newly wed superstar couple Kim Kardashian and Kayne West.

Rumours spread across social media this evening that the A-List celebrities had decided to honeymoon in the East Cork resort and when the hotel manager refused to deny reports to independent.ie that the couple had checked-in, the cars of intrigued fans started to arrive en masse.

“I saw a paparazzi photographer in the bushes down by the bridge on the way in with a long lens and a friend spotted a helicopter around earlier,” said one local who had left a pub owned by comedian Pat Shortt to have a look for himself.

One local woman in her pyjamas said she’d been tipped off that Kardashian and West were here.

“I was getting ready for bed and a friend of mine who works in the hotel texted me to say the rumours were right and that they had checked in. Sure, I jumped in the car immediately, children and all," she said.

Cars clogged up the road directly outside the hotel with local gardai on hand to keep order.

There was no sign of security guards at the hotel but some teens said they’d been asked to leave the hotel by staff – a move which convinced them the superstars, collectively known as Kimye, were in house.

“We saw on Twitter that they were here and came straight down” said Mary Galvin (18) from Fermoy.

Others came from as far away as Clonmel and Cork City.

Catherine Fitzgerald (18) from Castlemartyr thought something was up when she saw one of the entrances being ‘spruced up’ in recent days.

“There was definitely work done on it and a splash of paint was given to the gates. It’s the most exciting thing to ever have happened in Castlemartyr,” she said.

Waiting for a glimpse of the glamorous newly-weds Heather Oliphant from Youghal said; “I’d die if I saw them. I was shaking when I heard they were here, I love Kim, I absolutely love her.”

And a gang of local teenagers tried to sneak into the hotel to check if the rumours were true but staff asked them to leave.

Local Lydia Donnelly said they’d wait here outside the entrance to the hotel to get a glimpse of their idols until they were moved on, no matter how long it took.

“I’m not even thinking of school in the morning, school can wait, like this is absolutely massive.”

Her friend Emily Mulhare added “Kim is amazing and I love their family. Kayne is good-looking alright but it’s Kim we want to see.”

But some locals in Pat Shortt's were notably less excited. “If they pop in for a pint I’ll say hello alright but to be honest I haven’t a clue who they are,” said one farmer who stopped in for a pint on his way back from a GAA game in Thurles.

Online Editors

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in this section