A Limerick man from Singland who bought his wife a memory foam pillow and a €10 car wash for Christmas has been awarded the unenviable title of Ireland’s Most Unromantic Man 2012.
Gary Constable, manager of the Marco Polo restaurant on O’Connell Street was chosen from hundreds of online entries, is the new King of the great Irish unromantics and was nominated for the award by his long suffering wife Katrena.
She also revealed that, while together on a bargain-basement holiday to the USA, and sight-seeing near City Hall, Gary came up with the idea to get married at the New York registry office for $57 dollars, with two witnesses who could barely speak English, in order to save money on an engagement, wedding and honeymoon.
Asking whether they could celebrate their union back home, he said he would be too busy working.
“I tend to buy practical gifts,” he said, with a laugh. “When my wife complained of a sore neck I bought her a new pillow.” The 34 year-old father of two was nominated by his wife Katrena, and he didn’t know he was on the shortlist until she recently announced the surprise, but he took it in good spirits
But the good news is that the top prize is a one week luxury holiday to the sunny Mediterranean island of Cyprus, home of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, with the other half, staying in the Le Meridien Limassol Spa & Resort near Limassol with all the trimmings.
The Le Meridien Spa Resort is the only 5-star chain hotel on the beach in Cyprus and famous for weddings and honeymoons, so Gary and Katrena will finally celebrate the honeymoon they never had.
The competition which was launched on Valentine’s Day invited women throughout Ireland to nominate their man on www.mostunromanticman.ie and explain why their boyfriend, fiancé, husband, or partner deserved the title.
The 20 finalists were voted through Facebook likes and by a panel of judges.
Runners up won romantic breaks around Ireland. All the girlfriends and wives will receive House of Colour hair vouchers.
The event which was organised and sponsored by Cyprus Tourism Organisation in Ireland for the second consecutive year.
“I tend to buy practical gifts,” he said, with a laugh. “When my wife complained of a sore neck I bought her a new pillow.” The 34 year-old father of two was nominated by his wife. He didn’t know he was on the shortlist until she recently told him.