Celebrities and media gather at Ballinacurra House for International final
Celebrities and international media gathered at Ballinacurra House, Kinsale, where Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas from the UK and Australia, were chosen the Top couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! After a weekend of challenges and beating stiff competition, Mark and Denise Duffield-Thomas have landed the Ultimate dream job: 6 months of luxury travel around the globe for Irish wedding and honeymoon company Runaway Bride and Groom.com.
The Top 10 candidates came from Australia, US, Canada, South Africa,
Brazil, UK, Galway, Wexford, Sligo, Dublin and Cork to enjoy a full Kinsale dining and leisure experience at some of Kinsale’s top class restaurants, clubs and venues, such as Blue Haven, Hamlets Bar, White Lady Nightclub, Trident Hotel and Carlton Hotel.
Organised by RunAwayBrideandGroom.com, the Ultimate Job in Ireland – and probably the world! received 30,000 applications from over 90 countries and global media attention since launching on 19th February.
“It has been an amazing weekend for all people involved. Kinsale has been the Ultimate host town for the Top 10 couples and the judges,” says Runaway Bride and Groom managing director Rosemarie Meleady, also one of the judges. “The Top 10 have all worked incredibly hard not just to get to the final but also throughout this weekend, with all the tasks we have given them. Given the amount of talent displayed by all the contestants, the decision was a very difficult one but we are happy with the final result. We really hope to keep in touch with all the couples and we wish them the very best.”
Denise and Mark will immediately start preparing for their first trip after the announcement and will fly out at the end of May to Zanzibar, Mauritius and private escorted safari in Kenya – a week in each destination – just for starters.
“We have had the most amazing weekend in Kinsale and we hope to make you all proud as ambassadors for Ireland around the globe in the next six months,” they said.
*Picture by Susan Jefferies www.sjpireland.com
The top 10 finalists will head to Kinsale, which is becoming known as Ireland’s Ultimate Wedding Destination, to face the Judging Panel and a range of tough challenges and interviews to decide who gets ‘The Ultimate Job’ of Honeymoon Tester.
They will stay for the final challenge weekend at the stunning Ballinacurra House, the Exclusive Use Private Estate in Kinsale, well known as the ‘Irish home’ of Michael Jackson, prior to his death last year.
The couples will enjoy the full Kinsale dining and leisure experience, with challenges and tasks combined with sightseeing and fun time at some of Kinsale’s top class clubs and venues, such as Blue Haven, Hamlets Bar and White Lady Nightclub.
Ciaran Fitzgerald, Chairperson on Kinsale Chamber of Tourism is delighted with the impending influx of “honeymooners”! “Kinsale has everything that a couple would need to plan their ultimate wedding experience… from the romantic surprise engagement to the hen and stag parties right through to the big day and after. We also do great christenings!”
Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom, explains:
“Numerous locations in Ireland were vying for the opportunity to host the final but we decided to opt for Kinsale based on its many attractions of wonderful hotels and private estates, stunning harbor, great bars and restaurants, range of activities and ease of access. The Kinsale Chamber of Tourism was also very proactive in providing an equally exotic package of events for the Final Weekend that complement its reputation as a premium Wedding Destination as well the Gourmet Capital.”
The final interviews will take place on Sunday in the stunning surroundings of the Carlton Hotel after a little pampering to calm the nerves at the C Spa.
The chosen couple will be finally revealed on Sunday evening at a Gala Dinner at Ballinacurra House, with special guests and top entertainment.
The successful applicant and their partner will immediately start preparing for their first trip after the announcement and will fly out on 21st May to Zanzibar, Mauritius and private escorted safari in Kenya – a week in each destination – just for starters.
View the making-of:
Galway couple David Mottershead, a cameraman from South Africa, and Daniela Gross, a Brazilian journalist, were the first candidates to make it through to the Top 10 candidates to the Ultimate Job in Ireland, thanks to public voting.
Now nine additional couples, selected by the Runaway Bride and Groom judges, will join David and Daniela in the final stage of the selection process:
Kerri Mc Guinness and Matt Chapman – USA/Ireland (Kildare)
Tara Sparling and Mark Kelly – Ireland (Clare/Dublin)
Deirdre Morissey and Rory Moran – Ireland (Waterford/Carlow)
Denise and Mark Duffield Thomas – Australia/UK
Brendan Powell and Melanie Piche – Toronto, Canada
Allan Mulrooney and Niamh O’Connor- Ireland (Sligo)
Tim and Lauren Oliphant – USA
David Gilbert and Nina Cait Twihog – Ireland (Wexford/Cork)
Lizzie Kinross and Ed Sherwood – UK
The successful couple will be announced on Sunday 9th May at a Gala dinner in a secret location in Ireland, following a weekend of tasks where the judges will get to know the final 10 candidates.
Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 300,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.
To follow the Top 10 finalists or book your dream wedding and honeymoon go to www.runawaybrideandgroom.com
Since The Ultimate Job in Ireland (And Probably the World) was launched in February, the website has received over 250,000 visitors and over 30,000 people from all over the globe wanted to become Ireland’s Runaway Bride and Groom.
The Ultimate Job in Ireland team received applications from Ireland, Moldova, Sudan, Nepal Romania, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Australia, UK, Scotland, USA, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, China, Korea, Taiwan, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Japan, Iceland, Malaysia, Sweden, Mexico, India, Turkey, Brazil, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Slovenia, India, Saudi Arabia, Montenegro, Bosnia H., Cyprus, Spain, Malta, Cape Verde, Israel, Czech Republic, Norway, France, Dubai, Portugal, Singapore, Denmark, New Zealand, Poland, Ecuador, Jamaica, Malaysia, Columbia, Indonesia, Iceland, Maldives, Pakistan, Luxemburg, Philippines, Bolivia, Trinidad, Jordan, France, Estonia, Hungary, St Martin French West Indie, Bulgaria, Finland, Thailand – all telling the judges why they think Ireland would make a great wedding destination.
“We are amazed by the quality of the entries. Unfortunately, we had to narrow it down to 50, in our quest to find the perfect couple for the Ultimate Job in Ireland,” says Rosemarie Meleady, managing director of Runaway Bride and Groom.
Public voting for the 50 finalists will be open until midnight (Irish time) 17th April 2010.
Go to http://www.runawaybrideandgroom.com to vote for your favourite!
Top 50 Applicants:
Adam West, Ireland
Aisling Keenan, Ireland
Allan Niamh Mulrooney-O’Connor, Ireland
Annie Griswold, USA
Brendan Powell, Canada
Carey Paris, USA
Charlie O’Donoghue, Ireland
Chris Edmed, UK
Ciara McAree, Ireland
Claudia Ma, Italy
Creona O’Connor, Ireland
Daniella Cambouroglou, UK/Greece
Dave Mottershead, South Africa/Brazil
David Gilbert, Ireland
Deborah Waugh, Ireland/New Zealand
Deirdre Cussen, Ireland
Deirdre Morrissey, Ireland
Deirdre Ryan, Ireland
Denise Duffield Thomas, UK/Australia
Denise O Riordan, Ireland
Edith Kwiatkowska, Poland
Elaine Mackenzie-Smith, Ireland
Elizabeth & Ray Maynez, USA
Filly Gaines, USA
Greg and Sarah Amidon, USA
Guo Yi & Jean Gagnon, China/Canada
Ian Taylor, Ireland
Keith Clinansmith, Canada
Kerri Mc Guinnes, USA
Laura Kavanagh, Ireland/UK
Leticia Torgo, Brazil
Lizzie Kinross, UK/Ireland
Lukas Manka, Czech Republic/USA
Luke Owens, Ireland/Germany
Mark & Hazel Esguerra, Philipines
Mary Jane Webberley, Ireland
Oonagh & Danny good/Denton, Ireland
Phylecia Sutherland, USA/UK
Rachel O Connell, Ireland
Rachel Wegner, USA
Sara Schousboe, Germany/Denmark/USA
Scot Witman, USA
Seth & Jenny, USA
Silvia Bonichini, Italy
Sinead Gillett, Ireland
Stephen Fullerton, Northern Ireland
Tara Sparlin, Ireland
Tim Oliphant, USA
Tudor Buzie, Romania
Valerie Hourigan, Ireland