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Irish Mensa in Vogue for celebrity presenter

Vogue Williams

Pictured: Back: Ben Kleppmann, David Power, Rupesh Mahandru; front: Mabel Gargan, Kirsten Dottermusch, Vogue Williams, Paul McKinley


Irish Mensa members have been rubbing shoulders with celebrities while helping out with a new television documentary.

When RTE, Ireland's national broadcaster, decided to commission a programme about high IQ, schools and education, the producers turned to Mensa for help.

As well as dropping in on a Mensa event in Dublin, presenter Vogue Williams and producer Robert Lanigan also attended a test session in Belfast, where they spoke to Irish Mensa chairman and testing administrator Maureen Guthrie.

Both actually took the test, but the results won't be revealed until the programme airs later this year.

Vogue Williams is a high profile Irish model and television presenter and her test session happened to coincide with the airing of Bear Grylls: Mission Survive, in which she and other celebrities were shown scapping for food and enduring the roughest of conditions with the intrepid explorer. 

Vogue is also married to Westlife star Brian McFadden.

Area officer Kirsten Dottermusch said: "I think Vogue and her team were surprised how "normal" we were. We had a really nice and interesting conversation which flew by and I am curious to see which bits they are going to use. 

Amongst those who took part in the filming were new members Ben Kleppmann and David Power, Rupesh Mahandru, a former London member who has been living in Dublin for over a year, Mabel Gargan, the oldest known member in Ireland and long-standing member Paul McKinley.