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Birr hurler models for latest Vogue Paris edition

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Birr hurler models for latest Vogue Paris edition thumbnailOisĖn Murphy and super model Adwoa Aboah in the current edition of Vogue Paris. MT31143JOC

Many locals were delighted and expressed their congratulations when they heard this week that Birr hurler OisĖn Murphy features as a model in the current Paris edition of Vogue magazine.
Photographs of the 19 year old kitted out in a GAA jersey are featured in the latest edition of the famous magazine.
The future remains uncertain but featuring in Vogue could indeed turn out to be a big break for OisĖn. He said he has been modelling "on and off" for the last two and a half years under the management of IMG Models. IMG is a leading model management agency and has offices located in six world capitals. Its founder believes that models can be managed as talent in the same vein as professional athletes, actors and other entertainers. IMG says its aim is to "challenge the status quo with its clients, and broaden opportunities for all of its talent."
OisĖn said that in Summer 2017 IMG sent him to London for some work during which he did a test shoot with leading, influential photographer Alasdair McLellan. McLellan was so impressed with OisĖn that he asked to do another test shoot, this time in Doncaster and then he strongly recommended OisĖn to the editor of Vogue. This strong recommendation led to Vogue contacting OisĖn and asking him would he like to do a photoshoot in Antrim with Adwoa Aboah.
OisĖn said Adwoa isn't just a beautiful looking person but also has a beautiful personality. "She was great to work with. She was a very down to earth person. In fact most of the people I have met so far in the modelling world are very nice, down to earth people."
OisĖn's brother Ronan also works as a part-time model. Ronan is 21 years of age and has been modelling longer than OisĖn. "Ronan is now doing some modelling work again after a pretty long break from it."
OisĖn said the highlight of the shoot was modelling with lead model Adwoa Aboah. "We went around random places in Antrim for a couple of days at the end of May. The idea of the photoshoot was to create a kind of a love story. I was kind of thrilled with that because I got to kiss a super model. If the modelling did take off I would have to be careful of my face, which might mean me rethinking my hurling career."
Oisin's story featured on RTE News on Sunday where some of his family and colleagues commented on his success.
His Dad Tony said modelling can be fickle and everyone in the family is fully aware of that. "He's being pursuing the modelling for a couple of years. It would be great if he could keep his job, and hurling, and modelling all going. Here in Birr we need all the hurlers we can get."
OisĖn fully agrees with his Dad Tony that he should be cautious. He is therefore continuing his work as an apprentice metal fabricator in Tullamore. However, he adds, if the opportunity came along that he could model fulltime in London, for example, then he would happily take it. He loves modelling and would happily do it as a fulltime career.
Like everyone he is disappointed that Offaly isn't doing better on the hurling field. He played on the Offaly U-21 team and plays on the senior Birr team, in midfield, and will continue to do so unless his modelling career takes flight.
Fellow Birr hurler Dylan Quegan said it was great news and he wished OisĖn the very best in his career. "It's a great bit of craic," he told an RTE news reporter.
A fan and former Birr hurler Joe Hernon joked that he wished this fantastic success could be matched by the Birr team on the hurling field.
His brother Brendan Murphy joked that he was a bit jealous at first. He said he was delighted for him. "Everyone is ringing Mam and Dad at home, just delighted for him."

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