Forkhill sees red for inaugural Fleadh Rua.

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South Armagh has never been black and white, and this weekend, it’s set to turn red, as the first “Fleadh Rua” – red head festival gets under way in Forkhill tomorrow.

Formed with the aim of raising money for local suicide prevention charity, PIPS, and to protecting the “endangered species” of red headed people and red squirrels alike, organisers are expecting a huge crowd for this feile, which promises to be a catch for locals and visitors alike.

In a world where only 2% of the population are red heads, you can be sure to find the majority at the tongue in cheek “lovely red haired girl contest”, or taking in the entertainment in the beautiful surroundings at the foot of Slieve Gullion.

Boasting a funfair for the “wee ones and the big eejits”, a farmers market featuring local produce and a craft market, street entertainment, and a traditional Irish music gathering, this inaugural festival has something to suit everyone, young and old alike.

Renowned singer songwriter, Breige Murphy, who is also one of the festival organisers, speaking to VIxens today said  “We are really looking forward to the kick off of an Fleadh Rua at 1pm tomorrow, it’s going to be great fun, and so much support has flooded in from near and far.  We have three main aims; to raise money for PIPS suicide prevention, to save redheads from extinction, and to have some great craic.  Everyone is welcome, and we are really looking forward to showcasing Forkhill to the many people who will visit over the next few days.”

For further information, visit the Fleadh Rua facebook page here. 

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