In the world of celebrity there are many and mad celebrity endorsements. Sylvester Stallone’s High Protein Pudding. Danny Devito’s Limoncello. Jedward’s ad for Travel Supermarket, especially when you wouldn’t trust them to compare their quiffs, let alone recommend you some holiday deals. You get the picture.
And of course, Irish ‘slebs are not remotely immune to throwing their names at a product or two to bolster the bank account.
Boxer Barry McGuigan might have kicked of off with his own-brand of crisps in the 1980s, one of the flavours of which was … nettle. I kid you not. But Craig Doyle surely ran with the idea of celebrity product endorsement, flogging everything from windows to broadband, with a big auld grin on his face all the while.
(By the way, I’m free for any and all cross-morkeshing anyone might like to do with me. Deets on the contact page. Ahem.)
Let’s kick off our top five Irish endorsements so, shall we?
If you say Franc’s Cross Pen enough times it starts to make a weird sort of sense but in actual fact, Franc, (above) he of DIY Brides and flamboyant wedding festivities, has just gotten into bed with penmakers Cross on a new collection called, oh god, wait for this, the Cross Franc Wedding Collection.
I don’t think they thought that one through well enough.
So, if you want a nuptial gift that may or may not be tetchy-slash-irritable right up the scale to outright angry, then you can choose from pens, cufflinks and journals, with prices ranging from €24 to €130.
2. Rachel Allen
In addition to sondwachass for O’Briens and all her cookbooks with recipes featuring scons, ahvens and ahnyans, Rachel has a mug collection with Tipperary Crystal festooned with lovely Aga-ish sayings such as Lovely, Perfect, Gorgeous and Divine. Why, a bit like me so. €25 is the damage for four.
I would like to point out I think Rachel is lovely and smiley and nice, and I always really like her recipes.
3. Kevin Dundon
When I think small kitchen appliances I do not think Magimix. No. I think Dundon. Or at least I do now that I know the Dunbrody House maestro can flog us a Kevin Dundon Stand/Hand Mixer Combo for the price of $99. Barg!
4. Jean Butler
No doubt hoping to jig her way to success with her third (who knew?) jewellery collection, ex-Riverdance star Jean Butler’s sterling silver Meadows collection features 22 pieces such as rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings. Prices aren’t too shabby either: you’ll hand over €260 for a sterling silver cubic zirconia forget-me-knot flower link bracelet.
5. Ronan Keating
I had no idea this existed but indeed it does: Hope for him and Hope for her by Boyzone note-botherer Ronan Keating is apparently an oriental floral and is of dubious provenance if the Amazon reviews are anything to go by.
I was particularly tickled by this one. “I WOULD NOT REALLY USE THIS OR GIVE AS A GIFT. NOT TOO SPECIAL AND NOT SURE IF HOPE REFLECTS RONAN’S DESIRE FOR THIS TO SELL?”
Well fair enough. If you really want it, you’ll have to save, for a day or so. It’s £3.99.
And here endeth our tour through the products of Irish celebrity-land and I’m gutted to say that Neven has no celebrity endorsements whatsoever. Or none at least that I could find.
Who would you love to see launching a celebrity product? Twink? Anne Doyle? Enda Kenny? And what would it be? TO THE COMMENTS!