Longford boy takes first step to modelling

Proving the age-old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, little Jack Finnegan followed in both his mother and his grandmother’s footsteps by turning his hand to modelling.

Proving the age-old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, little Jack Finnegan followed in both his mother and his grandmother’s footsteps by turning his hand to modelling.

Four year old Jack wowed audiences across Ireland last week after modelling for none other than Tommy Hilfiger on TV3’s morning entertainment programme, ‘Ireland AM’. Jack, who is from Longford, is the son of Sean Finnegan and Deirdre Monaghan.

“This all came about completely as a surprise after Jack was stopped in Dublin on two completely different occasions by agencies suggesting he should sign up to be a child model. Initially, I was a bit wary but eventually I signed him up,” Jack’s mother, Deirdre explained.

Jack is now on the books of three top modelling agencies, 1st Options, Assets and Compton – not bad for someone who’s yet to hit five years of age.

While this was Jack’s first major gig, modelling is something that clearly runs in the family as both his mother and his grandmother are well known for taking part in local fashion shows.

Last year, Deirdre stepped out on the catwalk in front of a huge crowd at the Tullamore

Fair for McGreals’ Fashions, Edenderry and hopes to do so again this year.

Jack’s appearance on ‘Ireland AM’ was his first foray into modelling and indeed live television but Deirdre said he took to it like “a duck to water.”

“He was incredible. He really enjoyed himself. As he’s only four and a half, I think it all goes over his head and he just goes out there and does it,” a clearly proud mother beamed.

Jack modelled two different outfits after he was chosen to model for the teaser piece and also for the main segment on the programme.

For Jack, now it’s a case of waiting for the call for his next gig. Given his success last week, it might not be too long a wait.