Poor yourself a pint of Guinness (or Murphy’s if you prefer) and read about the 10 Irish beards we’re celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day. On this day, there’s not a lot of difference between green and blue.
You can’t start a list like this without the legendary king. Brian Boru was the High King of Ireland, who defended the island against the Vikings until, by a cruel twist of fate, a group of Norseman escaping a defeat happened upon his tent and murdered him. It was an ignominious end to a great rule, but he probably had a great beard (sorry: no photos survive from the 11th century).
Where would the “teen supernatural romance” genre be without Bram? Never mind. Let’s not blame him for Twilight. Bram Stoker wrote more than a dozen novels, but you wouldn’t know because his most famous overshadowed the rest and changed popular culture. No Bela Lugosi. No Christopher Lee. No Scooby Doo, season 1 episode 11. I don’t want to live in that world.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
The playwright Bernard Shaw (he hated his first name, George) wrote more than 5 dozen plays and won not only a Nobel Prize but an Oscar for the screenplay for the first film adaptation of Pygmalion. Not bad for a poor writer from Dublin who was already in his 30s by the time motion pictures were invented. But he refused all other awards, including a knighthood, co-founded the London School of Economics, and worked for language reform. Quite a varied career, and one heck of a beard.
You may know him best as the original Dumbledore from Harry Potter or as Marcus Aurelius fromGladiator, but in addition to his countless acting credits, Richard Harris was also a singer-wongwriter with nearly a dozen albums to his credit, and a notorious hellraiser till drinking and drugs nearly killed him. His biggest hit song was Macarthur Park, probably the weirdest, longest pop song ever to top the charts. “Someone left the cake out in the rain!” / I don’t think that I can take it / ‘Cause it took so long to bake it / And I’ll never have that recipe again!”
Ladies seem to love this guy, and whatever you think, he’s making good press for beards. And despite50 Shades of Gray, he must does make some good choices, like acting alongside Gillian Anderson in the BBC series the Fall.
The Notorious Conor McGregor is not only a great MMA fighter, but he dresses sharp and has one of the best beards in the fight game. He recently challenged champion Jose Aldo andthe challenge that was accepted. He’s known for his mouth as well as his skills in the cage, and this is what he had to say when he made the official announcement:
“I’m going to rip that Brazilian’s head off,” McGregor said. “I’m calm, composed and I’m ruthless. This is just another man in my way. I feel he cannot finish his dinner, let alone an opponent. If it goes to five rounds, I’ll be more than ready. But it just takes one clean connection from me and it’s done. That’s proven.”
Can you guess where we’d lay our money?
This isn’t soccer’s answer to Mel Gibson. It’s the fiery and often controversial former captain of Manchester United, and currently the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team. He was clean shaven in his playing days, but his two-tone beard is pretty epic these days.
He has a particular set of skills. Many sets of skills, apparently. Not only has Liam Neeson built a career on strong dramatic roles, played a Jedia Master in Star Wars, and remade himself as an action star in middle age, but he’s also been a forklift operator for Guinness (what else?), a boxer, and a school teacher. Imagine Liam Neeson telling you the consequences of showing up without your homework?
Everyone’s got a favorite Bond, but whatever your preference, Pierce Brosnan was the Bond of the legendary first person shooter Goldeneye: 007, the Nintendo 64 game based on arguably his best Bond film. He’s got a special place just for that, but I think it’s safe to say (with apologies to Sean Connery’s beard) that Brosnan has the best facial hair of any ex-Bond.
A cinematic classic. If you didn’t see this coming, we don’t know what to say.
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