After carefully nurturing his locks for over six years a young man in Donegal Town cashed them in on Friday last for charity earning €1,600.
Originally from Portlaoise Stephen Dowling has been firmly adopted by residents of Donegal Town as one of their own and was a familiar face around the town with his waist - length hair and carefully cultivated beard.
A popular personality, Stephen works in the Olde Castle Bar and Restaurant and has also served an internship in the Camera Centre in the town.
Stephen decided that it was time to give something back to his adopted home and decided to start the New Year with a good haircut and shave and all in aid of the building fund at the O’Cleary Centre.
The O’Cleary Centre in Donegal Town is dedicated to providing facilities for those with special needs and performs a very special role in helping them realise their full potential.
Stephen said, “I have had my hair this length for over 5 years now and with the New Year I thought is was time for a change but most importantly a change that could hopefully improve the quality of life for others.
“I have had an affinity to the O’Cleary Centre for quite a while and have some very close friends who use the facility. They all do a tremendous job and I felt that they deserve every cent they get. To date I have raised in excess of €1,600.”
Stephen had the support of his mother Carole who travelled from Tipperary his good friend Ash Corrigan of The Salon did that perfect job on his hair.