Sponsored haircut draws crowds, raises cash.
Environmental and political activist Eoin Ó Broin raised more than two thousand euro for the Rossport Solidarity Camp, by asking for sponsorship for the cutting off of his dreadlocks.
The big cut happened on Grafton Street in Dublin at 3PM, and although at first the crowds were bemused and a little uncertain about what was happening, within a short time they got the idea, and soon people were more than happy to get involved in the cutting.
Eoin has been walking the streets of Dublin wearing a sandwich board asking people for sponsorship for the last few days, and meeting with an overwhelmingly positive response. In general, people can see that the new report issued by the government appointed mediator doesn't deal with the main issues of safety, environmental damage, and the scandalous rip off of the state's natural resources; so they were happy to give money to help the resistance in Rossport.
Many people also gave money online at www.pledgebank.com, which helped to push the total up, and there were also sponsorship cards at the Sinn Féin Shop in Parnell Square, and Connolly Books, Blooms Walk, off Ormond Quay in Dublin; in Belfast at the Cultúrlann on the Falls Road and the John Hewitt on Donegall Street in the city centre, at Barracka Books, Barrack Street, Cork City; and also at Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway.
The cutting today was at a fiver a dread, and many people donated money without taking the opportunity to help out with the shearing. The barber on duty was Peter Meade, who provided his expert services free to the campaign (if you need a barber get in touch with Peter through Dublin Shell to Sea) and also thanks to the staff at Sinnotts pub who lent us a stool.
Eoin gave some of his locks away, but if you'd like one, or can think of a way we could use them to make money for the campaign, give us a shout. Andy Pyle is looking for a dreadlock wig for when he goes clubbing we hear, so if he wants to make us an offer...
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Fair play Eoin, from the expression on your face in that last photo it seems like it was a pretty traumatic experience! Hope you're not scarred for life. Seriously, thanks very much for doing it and thanks to everyone who donated. Eoin, you're a star. Oh and if you find you enjoy life as a skinhead, I can get some boots and braces for you!
How much could Shell raise if Andy Pyle offered to cut something off?
Six years of growth, shorn over an hour or so...
hair kept going off, money kept coming in- Eoin got down to one dread and we auctioned it...
The last cut.
He's probably going to get people telling him he needs a haircut.
Greets from the Netherlands/France!!
Fair play Eoin - Hope I recognise you next time your in Rossport ;)
You now face regular haircuts are growing it all over again! (I shave my head every three years), and every time I lose the tresses I find myself patting the back of my neck unconsciously for a few weeks. I suppose Eoin is doing that - fiddling at the nape of his neck. Must be weird, there was a lot of years in those dreds. But an impressive way to make 2000eu and it seems meet girlies. ;-)
He was later found to be a little "light headed" but well on the way to recovery in Grogan's public house in Dublin!
Fair play Eoin, there was a lot of growing in them, although better get them cut off for a good cause than let nature run its course and they fell off! Great idea getting the €5 for each one too.
yoooooooooooooooooo wasssuuuuppppppp hahahahhahahahha EOIN!!!!
I know that you feel sorry loosing the bet that England will take the WorldCup, but you shouldn't have cut your hair, I wold have let it go man, oh well ...
What a way to go :)
A good deed..... see ya this fall
well done Eoin great to see that your still taken a stand
Jeez Eoin, brings back memories of Clondalkin scouts where on occasion at camp someone would have an eyebrow or a patch of hair shaved! Not that you were ever ever involved.
great to see the photos....though i suppose i owe ya a tenner now,
seriously Eoin you look -at least we can see ya-much better without them dread......ful....locks..............
Well done Eoin, you were on the telly and everything! As usual, very effective and entertaining. See you soon big man!
Cool idea......i like your new hairstyle.....greeting from Poland
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