Be-ard gone for two great charities

By Sara Gahan

Eoin McMahon, Paddy Murphy and Shane O'Neill before their shave for charity.
Eoin McMahon, Paddy Murphy and Shane O'Neill before their shave for charity.
Eoin, Paddy and Shane after their beards were shaved off at Wexford Golf Club.
Shane O'Neill has his beard chopped off by Joe The Barber. Left: the finishing touches are applied, under the watchful eye of Shane's dad Larry.
Shane O'Neill has his beard chopped off by Joe The Barber. Left: the finishing touches are applied, under the watchful eye of Shane's dad Larry.

A weight has been lifted off the face of Shane O'Neill who finally shaved his beard off after growing it out since July 2016 for two charities.

A crowd gathered in Wexford Golf Club to see Shane and his two friends Eoin McMahon and Paddy Murphy finally shave off their long beards.

Shane, from Michael Street, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was a baby, so there was no hesitation when it came to deciding on worthy causes to support - Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and Tracey Lawlor Trust.

'I was never admitted into hospital for any complications until I was 20. You could say I am on the healthy side of it,' said Shane, who is now 35.

Shane had been growing his beard for a year and said he 'could not wait to get rid of it', especially with the warmer, summer months.

In support of their friend, Eoin and Paddy decided to follow his lead. They had been growing their beards out since January, in anticipation of the big shave.

Meanwhile, Shane's father Larry organised an open golf competition, with all proceeds from the entry fee being donated to the two charities. James and Frank Morrisey were the winners.

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