ENNIS Road model Barry Holmes is certainly living the high life.
Next week, he will head off to represent Ireland at the prestigious Mr Manhunt pageant in South Korea.
This Thursday, he is doing a publicity shoot with his English counterpart, Roland Johnson.
And on Wednesday, Mayor Jim Long held a reception in City Hall for the 31-year-old to wish him on his way.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader from Dublin, where he is being fitted with a tailored suit for the event, Barry said: “The preparations are going really well. I am feeling really positive. The Mayor has told me I looked the part, which was nice! He wants me to bring back a bit of bling. It was nice to get an acknowledgement from him.”
Barry is hoping he can do Limerick proud, and that he can bring a trophy back to the city for the second year in a row, following Kamal Ibrahim’s triumph at Mr World last year.
Mayor Long said: “There is no reason Limerick cannot win a back to back. It has been done before in other sports, so he is in with the same chance as the rest of them. He has the talent to go and do it. Hopefully he will make us proud! I know Barry will present Limerick well, and what better way to showcase the city with an ambassador like Barry Holmes?”
Win, lose or draw in Asia, Barry hopes he can still keep the modelling up.
Before the contest, he is not allowed to sign for an agency. However, after the contest, he is allowed to - and has already lined up an interview on TV3 fashion show Expose.
Established in 1993, Mr
Manhunt is the world’s longest running international male model contest.
Despite this, Barry is the first ever Irishman to bid for the title.
In order to win the title, competitors have to impress a panel of judges by taking part in outdoor activities, public presentations, and talent contests.
Barry says he has been “living in the gym” in order to achieve his goal.