Today, we complete the preliminary stages of the 2015 Beard Bracket with six beautiful efforts spanning the Irish football team, the League of Ireland, MMA and Irish ice hockey.
Matt Nickerson vs Paddy Holohan
Two of the best beards from Ireland's fighting sports. Matt Nickerson may be a yank but the Belfast Giants defenseman might have the best beard on the planet right now. Paddy Holohan is a hugely-popular figure in Irish MMA circles, thanks in no small part to his ginger beard.
Paul McShane vs James Chambers
David McGoldrick vs Jeff Hendrick
Two Euro 2016 beards for you to argue over. Jeff Hendrick was one of the rocks of Ireland's Euro 2016 qualification campaign and who could fault him for the wispy, nuanced beard he sported throughout the year? David McGoldrick was a new face for Irish football fans this season and his tightly-cropped beard may have been the stand-out facial hair effort from Irish football. It looks especially cool with a shaved head.