A Cork seaside village is preparing for its seventh annual invasion of redheads and a world record attempt at the largest number of foxy-haired people dancing a céilí.
Crosshaven will be the venue for the annual Irish Redhead Convention, billed as a ‘weekend-long ginger extravaganza filled with fun, freckles and frolics’.
Festival organiser Joleen Cronin anticipates thousands of redheads from all around the world will turn up at the festival which has the aim of raising vital funds for the Irish Cancer Society.
From carrot-tossing championships and live music on the Foxygen and ElectRED Picnic stages, to seminars on redhead history and ginger speed dating, there’s something for every redhead and redhead appreciator at the event.
Amidst a flurry of redhead competitions for the reddest eyebrows and the world’s greatest ginger beard for example, the coronation of the new King and Queen of Redheads will also take place, which is a one-year-long reign over the land of Gingerdom, representing Gingerkind.
Orla Gartland, Miles Graham and Gary Lamont, actor and soapstar of Scotland’s River City will red-headline the Foxygen stage, which is reserved just for gingers.
And for the first time, the Irish Redhead Convention will host the highly coveted MOGO (Music of Ginger Origin) Awards, with public votes already counting towards crowning winners such as Best Irish Ginger Musician, Services to MOGO and Best Ginger Newcomer.
Festival organisers also hope to set a world record for the largest redhead céilí dance, with music accompanied by a traditional band called Ginger Nutz, naturally made up entirely of redheads and lead by Céilí Fit instructor Fionán Cogan.
“I’m really excited about this unique Irish gathering of redheads from across the globe. It is a coming together of friends new and old,” Ms Cronin said.
“I love that we all share common experiences as redheads and there is an understanding and camaraderie as we all stand together.
“For once we are the majority in the crowd and to be a part of that is an incredible, fun, empowering and life-changing experience.”
Meanwhile, on the ElectRED picnic stage, Red Shearin’ will make an appearance, as redhead farmer Michael O’Sullivan and PJ Lynch co-host a sheep shearing demonstration. Mind boggling magic, mentalism and close-up illusions will be performed by redhead magician Rua.
Jacky Colliss Harvey, author of RED: A Natural History of the Redhead, will present a seminar on the most influential Irish redheads in our history and will explore red hair throughout the ages including science, religion, politics, feminism, literature and art.
This family fun festival is suitable for all ages and all hair colours.
The Kids Zone will include activities such as Redheads vs Non-Gingers tug of war, orange lawn bowling, giant ginger jenga and a treasure trail teaser bringing you around Crosshaven.
The Irish Redhead Convention are charity partners to the Irish Cancer Society. To date the convention has raised over €30,000 for the national charity.
Redheads are one of the most susceptible groups to melanoma and other skin cancers. The message for all fair and freckled friends is to be “sun smart”, seeking shade, covering up and wearing lots of sunscreen.
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