The greatest gathering of gingers known to the island of Ireland takes place tomorrow.
The 3rd Annual Redhead Convention will take place this Saturday in Crosshaven in County Cork.
The festival was originally conceived by siblings Joleen and Denis Cronin and it has since exceeded any expectations duo had growing into a festival. Last year saw 500 authentic redheads rolled in to town and they’re expecting to see more rusty headed gingers this year.
And if you thought the Olympics were exciting wait until you see some of the spectacular sports ginger-headed folk will be going head-to-head in.
Events include the big red soap box’ dedicated for redhead-related speeches, a ginger chef cook-off, red head photography with Germany fashion photographer Jorg Koster, and competitions including ‘best red eyebrows’, ‘longest red hair’ and ‘most freckles per square inch’
The festival organisers aren’t segregationist and all hair colours are allowed to come and enjoy the day, which will be in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
The festival's website redheadconvention.ie also had this startling nugget of information “The highest percentage of natural redheads in the world live in Scotland at 13% with Ireland reigning in close behind at 10%. According to some genetic scientists redheads are becoming rarer and could become extinct in 100 years.”
So if you’re down in Crosshaven this weekend go and enjoy yourself for a good cause as there are a lot of gingers giving themselves an even better name.
Who knows you might meet a nice redhead and help you with repopulating the endangered hair colour.