Ballyheigue men set for a very cold winter after Beard Fest '15 takes hold

Preparing for Saturday night's Ballyheigue Beardfest at Kirby’s Bar are: (back l-r), Beth O’Mahony, Martin Hanlon, Nicolas Roche and Damain Casey. Front (l-r), Eimear O’Mahony, John McDonnell, Kevin O’Mahony and Michael Leane
Preparing for Saturday night's Ballyheigue Beardfest at Kirby’s Bar are: (back l-r), Beth O’Mahony, Martin Hanlon, Nicolas Roche and Damain Casey. Front (l-r), Eimear O’Mahony, John McDonnell, Kevin O’Mahony and Michael Leane

Word has it that there are a few nervous-looking men wandering around Ballyheigue this week as they ponder the prospect of a cold, wet winter with a little less coverage and warmth than they're normally used to!

These 30 or so brave souls have agreed to shave their beards this Saturday night, November 28 as part of this year's Ballyheigue Beard Fest fundraiser which takes place in Kirby's Bar.

The money raised from the event will g to two very important beneficiaries - he Kerry Cancer Support Group's Kerry/Cork Health Link Bus and the Johnny Roche Road to Recovery Fund.

Most people will be aware of the Kerry Cork Link Bus which transports patients to and from hospital in Cork for cancer treatment.

The Road to Recovery Fund, meanwhile, was set up to help former Ballyheigue man Johnny Roche in his recovery after he sustained multiple injuries after a fall in Chicago.

"We have about 30 guys taking part and local hairdressers are on call for the big shave of," explained joint organiser Eimear O'Mahony.

"On the night we will have a monster raffle and we will be auctioning signed sports goods including a Man Utd Jersey."

This is the fourth Beard Fest which is hosted biennially and so far organisers have raised just under €43,000 for different charities .

For those who can't make it on the night, you can also contribute via the 'mycharity' link on the Ballyheigue Beard Fest Facebook page.

Kerryman

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