BALLYHEIGUE is preparing for a spurt of unseasonal winter growth this year as scores of men in the parish prepare to sprout beards as part of a very important fundraiser.
BeardFest 2013 was launched in Kirby's Bar in the village on Saturday night as a host of brave local men put their names forward for what is set to be one of the highlights of the winter in Ballyheigue.
In Kirby's Bar on November 30, all will go under the shears in a beard shave fundraiser for the Bru Columbanus facility next to University Hospital Cork.
Organiser Emer O'Mahony is calling on anyone capable of growing a beard to come on board.
"Bru Columbanus is a very important and completely voluntarily-run facility that allows the families of hospital patients to stay overnight next to the hospital. They do fantastic work there and I know a lot of people in north Kerry have benefitted from it over the years so we're hoping for great support once again!"
This is the third year of the fundraiser, having been run in 2009 and 2011 previously. Emer and friends collected nearly €30,000 between both years.
"It's going to make for a great night in any event and it's unknown what kind of facial styles we will see as the beards come off over the night!" she said.