Crosshaven in Ireland may seem like a sleepy seaside village but sprinkle a dusting of ginger spice and you’ve got a weekend-long redhead extravaganza on your hands.
Now in its seventh year, the Irish Redhead Convention will once again turn Crosshaven delightful shades of auburn, strawberry blonde and copper.
Thousands of redheads from near and far will flock for the weekend of fun, frolics and freckles on 19-21 August, with highlights including carrot tossing championships, live music, seminars on redhead history, ginger speed dating and much more.
Amidst a flurry of competitions of reddest eyebrows and the world’s greatest ginger beard, the coronation of the new King and Queen of Redheads will also take place, a highly coveted year-long reign over the land of Gingerdom, representing fellow Gingerkind.
Orla Gartland, Miles Graham and Gary Lamont, actor and soapstar of Scotland’s “River City” will red-headline the Foxygen stage, and for the first time ever, the Convention will host the MOGO (Music of Ginger Origin) Awards. Public votes already count towards crowning winners as Best Irish Ginger Musician, Services to MOGO and Best Ginger Newcomer, so get voting.
Festival organisers also hope to set a world record for the largest redheaded ceili dance, encouraging attendees to get jiggy to music from traditional band Ginger Nutz, who are all natural redheads, of course.
Irish Redhead Convention founder and organiser, Joleen Cronin, said: “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. I love that we all share common experiences as redheads and there is an understanding and camaraderie as we all stand together.”
Red hair is the rarest of hair colours and accounts for less than 1% of the global population. And with Ireland boasting 10% of its population as redheads, it’s no wonder this event is so popular!