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A Long Overdue Tribute To Irish Sport's Hairstyles Of The Noughties

A Long Overdue Tribute To Irish Sport's Hairstyles Of The Noughties
By Michael McCarthy Updated

Regularly here on Balls.ie, we celebrate the 2000s, that wonderful decade that heralded the new century. In Ireland, we sauntered through the Celtic Tiger, willfully ignoring its inevitable collapse.

We all partied, and nowhere more than in the barbershop where hairstyles got quickly out of control. Peroxide was all the rage and lads couldn't keep their hair shaggy enough.

Let's face it, for those of us in our 30s, we can hardly throw stones. This was the way of things in the carefree 2000s. But even so, stones we shall throw. We've delved deep into the Sportsfile archive to find the best styles of the decade from Ireland's biggest sports stars.

Let us know if we've missed your favourite.

 

Rugby: 

The rugby boys took it to a whole new level as a group, with even the conservative locks of the likes of Ronan O'Gara getting ever so slightly wild in the middle of the decade. Some of them went for it though. We decided to confine our Brian O'Driscoll tribute to just one year for example - 2004.

 

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Brian O'Driscoll 2004

How did he fit all of this into one year, and captain Ireland to a Triple Crown?

Donncha O'Callaghan 2006

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Andrew Trimble 2006

 

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Jerry Flannery 2006

 

GAA

The GAA was an interesting one in the 2000s. While the natural conservatism of the organisation meant that crew cuts remained the norm, more than a few went against type. This was especially true in football it seems, as hurlers for the most part either hid behind a helmet or went tight. We did throw in a couple, with one even being very, very slightly outside of the parameters of the decade, but who's counting?

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First, sit back and enjoy just four of the many hairstyles that the great Ciaran McDonald treated us to across the decade.

 

Ciaran McDonald 2004

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Ciaran McDonald 2006

 

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Conor Mortimer 2004

 

Conor Mortimer 2006

 

Conor Mortimer 2009

 

Ger Oakley 2001

 

Jim McGuinness 2001

 

Paul Galvin 2004

 

Michael Lyng 2004

 

Owen Mulligan 2005

 

Owen Mulligan 2008

 

Mark Vaughan 2006

 

Mark Vaughan 2007

 

MJ Tierney 2007

 

Matthew Clancy 2009

 

Jackie Tyrrell 2010

 

Football:

Footballers as much as anyone adopted the twin styles of shaggy and spiky in the 2000s. While we didn't really have a David Beckham in the ranks, one or two of the Irish players definitely had defined hairstyles.

Kevin Doyle and Kevin Kilbane 2007

Lee Carsley got a bit flamboyant with the hairstyle in this game too.

 

Kevin Doyle 2006

 

Kevin Kilbane 2004

Paul McShane 2006

 

Jonathan Douglas 2007

 

Stephen Hunt 2008

 

Liam Lawrence 2009

 

Golf: 

Darren Clarke 2006

 

Padraig Harrington 2004

 

All photos from Sportsfile.

SEE ALSO: 5 Of The Greatest Football Phone-In Moments

 

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