Grave error leaves husband vying for title of Ireland’s most unromantic man

IF your man’s idea of a Christmas gift is a grave plot, it’s time to leave now.

Eugene Sheppard, 49, from Kilkenny, is one of five charmers short-listed for the title of Ireland’s Most Unromantic Man.

The winner of this award will spend a week in Cyprus, courtesy of the its tourism organisation. The winner will be the person with the most Facebook votes on March 3.

The only justice in such gentlemen winning such a prize is that their long-suffering better halves also get to go.

In his biog, Eugene’s idea of a “Christmas gift that lasts forever is... a grave”. He has been nominated by his wife, Bernie Sheppard.

Worrying, a short-listed second romeo’s, Michael Kidd, 24, from Dublin city, said he has vowed “never to buy his fiancee a car or flowers — not even for her funeral”. He’s nominated by his fiancee Karen Alves.

Anthony Doyle, 35, from Co Dublin, made up for forgetting his girlfriend’s birthday for the second year running by “buying her a car battery for Christmas”. He has been nominated by his girlfriend Jana Langova.

A fourth candidate, Niall Dillon, 30, from Co Westmeath, takes his wife to the local Cattle Market for a sausage sandwich as a Valentine’s Day treat. If that were not enough for her, when he gets ill he “makes her do all the farm work”. Niall is nominated by this wife Christa Dillon.

The last candidate is Tim Stakelum, 50, from Limerick. His biog says he’s a great scoffer: “He spouts conspiracy theories in the pub with his mates about how Hollywood has made up all this romance nonsense and how all the women fall for it”.

He’s nominated by his girlfriend Debbie Ogilvie.

Cyprus Tourism Organisation say that Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, “might be able to convert him”.

She has her work cut out.

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