Wednesday, January 11, 2017

EFFORTS to save the Redhead Convention are underway with city councillors calling for the local authority to support the eye-catching event.

City management said it would be ‘happy to engage’ with the organisers of the festival, which was staged in Crosshaven every August since 2010.

Newly crowned King and Queen of the Redheads 2016, Andy O’Neill and Emma Ni Chearuil pictured at the Redhead convention, Crosshaven. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The hugely popular festival was cancelled in early December, with organisers citing problems with funding and sponsorship as the primary issues.

Bad weather had also hit attendances at the festival, which generated an estimated €200,000 for the local economy.

Blackpool councillor John Sheehan urged the local authority to rescue the festival, describing it as ‘too unique’ to simply let it die.

“As a niche festival, it got so much attention abroad,” he said.

“The pictures and visuals are so eye-catching, it would be a real shame to see it go.”

Mr Sheehan cited similar festivals in Belgium, Scotland and Seattle, but noted that the Crosshaven event was the only one of its kind in Ireland.It is hoped that funding support from Cork City Council could see the festival run again this year, with some of its events moved to the city.Mr Sheehan said, “In terms of the publicity alone, the option of supporting it and hosting some functions in the city should be explored.

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