27 September 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard


CASTLEBLAYNEY was a town which attracted an unwanted national media focus over the past weekend as a result of the last-minute staging of a “Child Beauty Pageant” at a premises hurriedly booked for a function, without any prior expectations of a controversial blow-up over the nature of the event!.
Local publican Mr. Noel Gorman contacted THE NORTHERN STANDARD this week to categorically state that, had he been aware of the prospects of any controversy, he would “never have allowed” the pageant take place at Corrigan’s Kitchen in Main Street, which he recently leased as a business undertaking.

Mr. Gorman explained that he was not aware of the RTE ‘Late Late Show’ furore over “Child Beauty Pageants” last Friday night when he accepted a booking for the premises made by a local lady. Nor, he said, was he aware of the exact nature of the ‘social event’ being held, although the lady from a respected business family in the local area (named) had “mentioned there would be a pageant and some cameras”. He since understood the lady concerned had a young relative involved in the “contest!”.

The Blayney businessman said that, in his own interest, and in the interests of the town, he was anxious to clarify any misunderstanding that had arisen over the staging of the child “pageant” and his statement was issued on Tuesday, in advance of a Town Council meeting, at which the Mayor, Cllr. Gary Carville, joined other members of the local authority in unreservedly condemning the staging of such events in the Mid-Monaghan town.

Mr. Gorman also stated that, speaking as a father, he personally would not allow his own daughter to participate in any such event. He said it was only on Saturday, when the contestants arrived, and the contest was …

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