Colum Eastwood takes early lead in Beard of Ireland poll

In Uncategorized on March 5, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 5th March

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266



The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that competition for the Irish Beard of the Year title is bristling with the result expected to go down to the last whisker. The 2016 winner was broadcaster William Crawley but he is under serious pressure of being shaved by SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and journalist Sam McBride in early voting.

Eastwood has developed a ‘two-tone’ style beard which some may see as odd but many regard as stylish.

The campaigners say that after the snap Assembly election in the North it will be interesting to see if there is a crossover to the Beard of Ireland poll

The winner will be announced to mark St Patrick Day on 17th March

The BLF says that while traditionally a land of predominantly clean shaven cultures, Ireland has in recent times become something of a centre for stylish and trendy beards.

Contenders for the title in 2017 include actors, comedians, political activists, journalists and rugby players.

The campaigners say the poll is specifically about the impact the beard of an individual has made in Irish public life and no other factor.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, the poll closes at midday on 16th March, so while an early lead may be significant there is ample time for campaigning yet.

Beard of Ireland

Gerry Adams, politician

Steve Agnew, politician

Gerry Carroll, politician

William Crawley, broadcaster

Stuart Dallas, footballer

Colum Eastwood, politician

Richie Foran, footballer manager

David Ford, politician

Sam McBride, journalist

Damian Mackel, wrestler

David Norris, politician

Sean O’Brien, rugby player


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