Mr. Gay Ireland, Barry Meegan,
with top Irish model Sarah Morrissey.
DUBLIN, October 28,
2007 – Barry Meegan, a player with the Emerald Warriors gay rugby club
Emerald Warriors”, is
the new Mr. Gay Ireland.
Last night, he beat off
competition from 21 other finalists from all over Ireland – north and south
– to take the title.
lads on the rugby team asked me if I would represent the club in this years
Mr. Gay Ireland competition and as it is for a good cause, I said why not,
With UKTV’s Brendan
Courtney playing host for the evening at the popular Dublin gay night-spot,
The George, contestants strutted their stuff in formal, casual and swimwear.
Sorting the “king” from
“the queens” were a panel of judges including Bairbre Power (Irish
Independent), Roisin Ingle (Irish Times/NewTalk), former Australian rugby
international Grant Hourigan and Michael Doyle, creative director of Peter Mark.
Top Irish model and
former Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey was on hand to share her advice with the
winner as were current title holders Mr. Gay Europe Jackson Netto, Mr. Gay
Ireland John Rice and Mr. Gay Northern Ireland Mikey Robinson. Other guest
included Hell’s Kitchen’s Brian Dowling and You’re A Star
winner Donna McCaul.
Barry, aged 29, is hoping his new
found status will help raise the profile of the Gay Rugby World Cup which
will be held in Ireland for the first time next year. Endorsed by the IRFU,
The Bingham Cup will take place at the DCU Sports Complex, Dublin in June
Before that. Barry will
travel to Budapest for Mr. Gay Europe next summer and Hollywood, USA for Mr. Gay World in
January. For the last two years Mr. Gay Ireland has come Top 3 in
Europe and organisers hope Barry
has what it takes to tackle the crown.
Each contestant was
required to raise sponsorship for two designated charities; ‘Round Tower
Housing Association’, which provides independent living spaces for homeless
people with HIV/Aids, and the New Fill Project at St James Hospital –
providing facial reconstruction from those who have suffered wasting as a
result of HIV/Aids.
A total of €19,000
(£13,300; $27,350) was raised by the contestants
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Posted: 28 October 2007 at
18:30 (UK time)