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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.



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.



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



Andrew Trimble 2006



Jerry Flannery 2006



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?


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



Ciaran McDonald 2006



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



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



Darren Clarke 2006


Padraig Harrington 2004


All photos from Sportsfile.

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