Would-be mayor's a Barntown 'hand sheikh'
residents of Barntown found an Arab sheikh on their doorsteps one day last week, dressed in a tradional thobe and kefiyyah.
In reality, it was local man Tom Dempsey, one of the candidates in the forthcoming Barntown mayoral election, out hunting for early votes and to publicise the fancy dress walk due to take place from Barntown Church on Sunday, February 5.
Despite the early hour, Tom was well received during his 'handshake with the sheikh' walkabout, although his traditional Arab dress would have been more suited to summer climes than a freezing morning in his home patch. Tom is pictured with neighbour Maura Rossiter.