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 are 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.”
We’ve picked our top ten. 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 favorite folk band paved the way for future generations of bearded musicians.
3. David Norris
Irish scholar, independent Senator, gay and civil rights activist, and spectacular beard owner.
4. Jamie Dornan
Sadly, the actor had to shave off his bearded masterpiece for the hit movie "Fifty Shades of Grey."
5. George Best
The footballer proved popular with ladies. It’s easy to see why.
Anglo-Irish diplomat for the United Kingdom, a humanitarian activist, Irish nationalist and a poet.
7. Gordon D’Arcy
This rugby star’s beard is so strong it scares his opponents.
8. Ned Kelly
The disguise of facial hair probably helped this notorious outlaw rampage across Australia.
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.
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 recognize him without it!
H/T: The Irish Post.