Gingers everywhere are crying. Sponsors, make yourselves known!
By Nicole Buckler
For over seven years, the Irish Redhead Convention has been at the heart of the global redhead scene and Irish summer festival calendar. But for now, sadly, they have to pull the pin. This is a modern day tragedy and it must be rectified gingerly!
Here is a note from the staff at the Irish Redhead Convention:
We launched the Irish Redhead Convention with the aim to bring a community of redheads together for an unforgettable experience; to create exciting programme of redhead themed events; promote Crosshaven and Cork and stimulate economic activity, vitality and community pride in our region, while also raising awareness for the work of the Irish Cancer Society and the SunSmart campaign. To say we achieved this together is an understatement. The Irish Redhead Convention has become one of the best known little festivals in Ireland and the world, attracting global media attention and attracting redheads from all corners of the planet.
When we launched in 2010, we had little idea of the enormous impact our ginger gathering would have on redheads of all ages and the positive shifts in attitudes towards having red hair. We created more than just a festival; we created a family, lifelong friendships, a support network and years of wonderful memories.
However, the last couple of years have had their challenges. The festival has grown in size and demands and its associated costs and the investment of volunteer’s time have been increasing year on year. With little public funding and the lack of a main sponsor; ticket sales and the sponsorship and support of small local businesses have not been enough to cover the costs. We need to take stock and take a year out to try to resolve the issues so that we can once again the deliver the kind of festival that you are used to and deserve.
Look at the craic that has been going on at these festivals. Redhead portraits. Ginger speed dating. Carrot tossing championships. Reddest beard competitions. This foxy festival cannot be allowed to die!
We here at the Old Moore’s Almanac insist that the foxiness must go on. Surely there is a ginger CEO at the helm of a company who wants to appeal to the redhead community and those that love them? If so, make yourselves known. The ginger hotness must continue!
The event was really well covered by international media. For a report, click here.