The top ten greatest Irish beards of all time
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The top ten greatest Irish beards of all time

IT MAY or may not come as a surprise that many of Ireland’s most famous men are bearded.

From historical beards worn by the likes of Charles Stewart Parnell to the modern day beard, worn by sporting stars such as Gordon D’Arcy and Conor McGregor, there’s plenty of Irish figures who have proudly displayed  facial fur.

The Little Book of Irish Beards by O’Brien Press aims to celebrate the bearded men of Ireland, with beards ranging from ‘bumfluff’ to ‘beards of distinction.’

The Irish Post has picked its top 10, find out below who made the cut (or rather didn't make the cut):

1. Charles Stewart Parnell

He led the fight for Irish Home Rule in the 1880s, and he did so in bearded style.


2.The Dubliners

Ireland’s favourite folk band paved the way for future generations of bearded musicians.

circa 1970:  Bearded Irish pop group The Dubliners in London. Originally founded in the sixties, they were still prevalent in the late nineties.  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

3. Barry McGuigan

Forget the chin-warmer, the Monaghan boxer was famous for his lip-tickler.

The Irish boxer Barry McGuigan in training.  Original Publication: People Disc - HU0448   (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

4. Jamie Dornan

Sadly, the actor had to shave off his bearded masterpiece for the hit movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Jamie Dornan attends the UK Premiere of "Fifty Shades Of Grey" at Odeon Leicester Square on February 12, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

5. George Best

The footballer proved popular with ladies, it’s clear to see why.

11th March 1975:  George Best and his biographer Michael Parkinson on Pete Murray's Radio 2 show 'Open House'.  (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)

6. James Joyce

The Ulysses author tried his hand at sculpting, and constructed this moustache/goatee combo.

Irish writer James Joyce (1882 - 1941) in Zurich.    (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

7. Gordon D’Arcy

This rugby star’s beard is so strong it scares his opponents.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22:  Gordon D'Arcy of Ireland looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on February 22, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

8. Ned Kelly

The disguise of facial hair probably helped this notorious outlaw rampage across Australia.

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9. Bram Stoker

Despite his most famous character Count Dracula being described in his book as ‘clean shaven save for a long white moustache’, Stoker himself was of the bearded variety.

Bram Stoker

10. Gerry Adams

For as long as we can remember, the Sinn Fein leader has sported his beard. Now that we think about it, we’re not sure we’d recognise him without it!

BELFAST - NOVEMBER 24:  Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams talks to the media, November 24, 2003 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Northern Irish voters will go to the polls on Wednesday to decide the make up of the power sharing assembly to which London could devolve some of its responsibility.  (Photo by Getty Images)