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17 Irish Beards: A Definitive Ranking

All hail the face rug.

WE HAVE CONSULTED our resident beard experts.

Our decisions are final.

Correspondence will not be entered int0*.

17. Luke Ming Flanagan

Oh Ming honey, no.

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16. James Reilly

Using Brendan Grace as a style inspo is never going to work.

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15. Hozier

There’s something very Irish about Hozier’s gob, and by extension his sparse beard. His silky voice compensates. Just about.

2015 Coachella Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 2 - Day 2 AP / Press Association Images AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

14. Brendan Gleeson

Calvary-era Brendan Gleeson was sporting an impressive face rug. Bit of ginge too. Not bad at all.

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13. Roy Keane

You have a lovely beard. Please don’t eat us.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Queens Park Rangers - Goodison Park PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

12. Dáithí Ó Sé

Not only do we love the way Dáithí Ó Sé says ‘tart’, he’s also got some decent beard chops.

International Rose of Tralee Festivals Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

11. Mick Wallace

Bear with us here. The whole package is… a bit all over the place. But in isolation, that’s a solid beard. Good man.

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10. Gerry Adams

A vintage beard, this one. In fact, has Gerry ever been spotted without a beard? *fires up Google image search*

Sinn Fein - Gerry Adams TD. Pictured S Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland Sam Boal / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

9. Brian Gleeson

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Well, he didn’t lick it off a stone.

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8. Gordan D’Arcy

One of the greatest beards in the history of great beards. Sadly, no longer with us, pushing it down the list.

Rugby Union - RBS 6 Nations - England v Ireland - Ireland Captains Run - Twickenham Adam Davy Adam Davy

7. Chris O’Dowd

Cheeky face + beard = a solid look. Representin’ Roscommon.

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6. David O’Doherty

Contrary to popular belief, David O’Doherty and Chris O’Dowd are not the same person. It’s hilarious to continually point it though, right Chris? Right Dave?

Anyway, DOD pips COD by the sheer virtue of still living in Ireland.

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5. Conor McGregor

The source of all his power.

Sport - UFC - Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor Press Conference - Dublin Convention Centre PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

4. Graham Norton

A recent beard carrier. We approve.

The Graham Norton Show - London PA Wire / Press Association Images PA Wire / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

3. Michael Fassbender

An intermittent beard, but such a joy to behold when it graces us with its presence. Throw away those Gilettes Michael. Bin them. Good man.

The 86th Academy Awards - Arrivals - Los Angeles

2. Shane Lynch

Magnifique.

MAGNIFIQUE.

British Summertime Festival - London Ian West Ian West

1. Jamie Dornan

Sir. You have outdone yourself. Fetch our smelling salts.

Fifty Shades Of Grey UK Premiere - London Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment Doug Peters / EMPICS Entertainment / EMPICS Entertainment

The Graham Norton Show - London Jonathan Brady Jonathan Brady

Fifty Shades of Grey Premiere - 65th Berlinale Film Festival Michael Sohn Michael Sohn

*But let us know what you think in the comments section. Beards forever. 

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