Charitable poll-topper hair today, gone tomorrow

SOMETIMES TDs claim they lose their hair trying to ensuring adequate funding for local projects.

In this case it will actually turn out to be true.

Denis O’Donovan, poll-topper in Cork West, is not only going to lose his beloved beard of 26 years but is also having his head shaved for a worthy cause.

“I’m just worried that after it happens I won’t be recognised by my colleagues,” Mr O’Donovan said.

He’s among a number of well-known people who’ve been “roped in” by the Friends of Bantry General Hospital to lose some locks and gain lots of euros to purchase a CAT scanner that will cost in the region of 500,000.

“I must admit to some hesitation when I was first asked. But it is an extremely good cause and they managed to twist my arm,” the 48-year-old TD said.

While he doesn’t mind losing his beard, the native of Sheep’s Head is a small bit worried about the type of blade which might be used on top. He readily admits he doesn’t want a No 1 blade as “it’s getting a bit thin in places” and he doesn’t want to end up looking like a GI recruit.

Asked what his wife, Mary, and their four children thought about the whole thing he said: “I don’t know yet, I haven’t told them.” He’d better hurry up as the event is set to be staged next month.

A spokesman for the organising committee said they had asked a number of personalities in the area to take part. These are understood to include well-known local GP Tom Dennehy, who has sported a beard for 35 years, and consultant geriatrician Brian Casey.

“We need to raise 500,000 for the machine. To date we have raised 40,000 and before the end of the year we hope this figure will be up to around 100,000,” a committee spokesman said.

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