Close shave expected in Beard of Ireland poll but Eastwood ahead

In Uncategorized on March 14, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

Press release 14th March

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266


The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the result of the Irish Beard of the Year title looks set to split hairs with the vote due to close at 3pm on March 16th. The 2016 winner was broadcaster William Crawley but he is currently third behind SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and journalist Sam McBride. The poll has seen the highest ever vote to date in the annual contest, with Eastwood looking increasingly likely to beard opponents.

Eastwood has a ‘two-tone’ style beard which some may see as odd but many regard as stylish, but Crawley and McBride also score highly in the hirsute gravitas and impact area.

The campaigners say that after the snap Assembly election in the North there is a clear cross-over to the Beard of Ireland poll particularly in respect of the high turnout.

The winner will be announced to mark St Patrick’s 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, there has been an exceptionally high turn-out and there is still time for any of the contenders to grow their support in the poll.

The poll is now closed. Thanks for voting. The result will be released later on 16th March

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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