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Seeing red: Thousands of ginger-haired folk meet at Irish Redhead Convention

Updated 3:49 AM ET, Mon August 22, 2016
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Cork was a sea of red hair as thousands gathered for the Irish Redhead Convention on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Peter Morrison/AP
Newly-crowned "king" and "queen" of the redheads Emma Ni Chearuil and Alan O' Neill ride in a car at their coronation parade. Over 40 "ginger-themed" events took place over the three-day event -- including redhead seminars, speed dating and prizes for the most freckles per square inch, according to the convention's website. Peter Morrison/AP
Molly Murphy won "Most Porcelain Skin." Peter Morrison/AP
Hanna Joseph from Australia won "Furthest Traveled Redhead." Peter Morrison/AP
Willem Kuun from Canada rocks a full head of long red hair. Peter Morrison/AP Images
Laoise Donavon (left) and Ruby Parker (right) giggling at the festival. Peter Morrison/AP
David Scherger on day two of the festival. Peter Morrison/AP
Even those without red hair joined in on the fun with the help of some bright red wigs. Peter Morrison/AP Images
The event's founder, Joleen Cronin, poses with her brother Dennas, also known as "Chief Ginger." The convention partners with the Irish Cancer Society to promote a message for all redheads and fair-skinned folks to cover up, wear sunscreen and be safe in the sun. Peter Morrison/AP Images/AP IMAGES FOR THE IRISH REDHEAD