It’s November, which means Movember is in full swing! With that in mind, let’s look at five of Irish sport’s most iconic moustaches.
1: Zach Tuohy
Laois’s AFL star is the first man on our list. A man synonymous with facial hair, Tuohy’s ability to grow a top tier moustache is admirable. Moving to Carlton in 2010, he made over 100 appearances for the club before shipping to his current side, the Geelong Cats. Could himself and Mayo’s Oisin Mullin make a deadly Irish duo next season? If Mullin keeps his stache as well, then they might do so.
2: Cian O’Sullivan
O’Sullivan pips Joe McNally as Dublin’s representative on the list. Any man who can hold the Sam Maguire in one hand whilst stroking a moustache with the other deserves to be here. The 2019 All Ireland senior football championship saw Kerry bring the Dubs to a replay, in which Dublin won their fifth All Ireland title in a row. What better time for O’Sullivan to sport the Ronnie? He retired earlier this year, lining his trophy cabinet with 10 Leinster titles, 8 All Irelands, 3 All Star Awards, and one very well kept moustache comb.
3: Martin Storey
What’s the story, Martin Storey? One of Wexford’s all time greats and captain of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship team, 1996. He also won 3 Leinster titles as well as 3 All Stars. Known for his quality hurling from the half forward line, Storey could often be clearly spotted in possession – but the caterpillar above his top lip made him all the more noticeable. Truly deserving of his place on the list.
4: John Aldridge
Winning RTÉ’s Charity ‘You’re A Star’ song contest in 2006 was just another achievement to add to John Aldridge’s list. An Irish soccer legend, thanks to Jack Charlton’s ‘Granny Rule’, Aldridge scored 19 times in 69 games for the boys in Green. He played in two World Cups for Ireland, also having good stints up front for Real Sociedad and (most notably) Liverpool. Fond of some sort of facial hair, sometimes spotted in a goatee and from time to time, a pair of whiskers.
5: Willie Joe Padden
Last but not least, who could forget the iconic Willie Joe? The two time All Star played in the 1989 All Ireland final for Mayo but alas, fell at the final hurdle against Cork. His career highlights include captaining the Mayo Minors to a Connacht title as well as winning 5 provincials at senior level. Hailing from Belmullet, he will be hoping that his native club can win their first Mayo Senior Football title when they square off in an all North Mayo final against Knockmore on the 21st of the month.