Pub patrons have close shave with razor-wielding barber

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Job Number 157 - SmythsCUSTOMERS of nine pubs in the city had a very close shave with barber Darran France on his charity pub crawl last weekend.

Darran, co-owner of Da Vinci Barber Shop on Thomas Street, was armed with the tools of his trade as he visited well-known watering holes to raise money for Milford Hospice, Cycle for Sick Children and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol.

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Over 70 men braved the barber’s cutthroat razor to have heads, moustaches and beards shaved off for these three very worthy causes. Darran was joined on his unusual rounds by staff member at his city centre barber shop, Louise Morrison.

“It was great craic for some greater causes. People were going around pubs with empty pint glasses to raise money to coax their friends into taking part in the event, so it was a lot of fun,” he said.

“This is our second year doing this fundraiser. I wanted to keep it local and raise money for charities in the city. Some of my customers are involved with Milford, Cycle for Sick Children and the Corbett Suicide Prevention Patrol which are very worthy causes,” he added.

The final tally is not yet in, but Darran estimates the amount raised to be between €6,000 and €6,500.

Pubs involved in the fundraiser included The Still House, The Blind Pig, Squire McGuires, The Village Inn, Mollys Bar, Fitzgeralds Bar, Smyths Bar, Jerry Flannery‘s and The Orchard Bar.

“I would like to thank all the staff, management and customers of the pubs involved for helping make this fundraising event such a success,” said Darran.