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The Hairdressers & Barbers Of Abbeyfeale Were The Unlikely Heroes Of A Nation Last Night

The Hairdressers & Barbers Of Abbeyfeale Were The Unlikely Heroes Of A Nation Last Night

We could all really do with a trip to the barbers of the hairdresser's right now. That applies doubly for people who've decided to go "home remedy" on their mops during the lockdown. Maybe it's that primal need that made us all so drawn to RTE's Abbeyfealegood last night. Or maybe it was the wonderful television the show produced, with all of the humour, emotion, and rawness of human, rural life on full display.

The small town of Abbeyfeale in County Limerick (population 2,023) has 16 barber or hairdresser premises in the town, more per head of population than anywhere else in the country. With the rural town struggling in recent years with the closure of many businesses including the post office and  a seemingly unknowable amount of pubs, these salons have become a key part of the Abbeyfeale's social community.

The idea to make a show about a small rural town based around this profession and the rituals of people going for a haircut and a chat was an inspired one by filmmakers Atom Films, and created some great television, exposing the country to some wonderful characters.

Needless to say, it hit the watching public right in the feels.

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One man that came in for more attention than most was local barber "Florrie". A few locals also added to his legend on Twitter with this story.

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Let's hope we can get these shops open again sooner rather than later. All around the country, people need it for a lot more than a haircut.

If you didn't see Abbeyfealegood, you can watch it on the RTE Player.

 

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Michael McCarthy

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