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Saturday 18 November 2017

Calendar pin-ups are back in a blaze of glory

IT's back -- and hotter than ever.

After the Dublin Fire Brigade Calendar was controversially scrapped last year amid a storm of controversy, a newly formatted project has been introduced, featuring hunks from throughout the country.

The 2011 Irish Fire Brigade Calendar is now an official charity calendar and progress seems to be moving along impressively.

As this picture shows, the hunks are hotter than ever, giving their Dublin rivals a run for their money.

This shirtless hero, who wows as a model, had no problem baring his chest for charity.

And his 11 colleagues will undoubtedly be just as willing to take part in an equally steamy pose to raise funds for the calendar's designated charities, which may include The Irish Cancer Society, National Council for the Blind, Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation.

According to the calendar's website, organisers are still on the lookout for models.



Craic

It is still unknown whether or not Dublin firefighters will be featured in the calendar, but brigades throughout the country will be included.

"Firefighters in Northern Ireland will be able to take part if they want," a fire department source said at the time of the re-launch late last year.

"The designated charities are still being negotiated but the Irish Cancer Society will definitely still be there.

"It's hoped that another four charities will be on board, the same as the Dublin Fire Brigade calendar."

Following the Dublin crackdown, a source revealed: "They'd be allowed to do it in their full uniform, but that defeats the purpose.

"Women are buying this calendar because they want to see them without tops on. It's only a bit of craic, I just can't understand it. There's never been a problem any other year."

The popular calendar had become a favourite since it was created in 2007. The 2008 calendar was even named as the most successful charity calendar in the world, selling 20,000 copies.

Over the past three years, €330,000 has been raised for various charities.

When news broke that the 2010 calendar was cancelled, the Irish Cancer Society said that the loss of the money would be a "massive hit".

cmcbride@herald.ie

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