AN Ennis barber is likely to take his place in the Guinness Book of Records for shaving 60 heads in 60 minutes in a nationwide charity fundraiser.
Last Thursday, John McGuire, a barber with Fat Tony’s Barber Shop in the Quin Road Retail Park, Ennis, broke the world record for the number of heads shaved in one hour as part of the Cancer Society of Ireland/Today FM Shave or Dye Campaign.
John shaved 60 heads in 60 minutes for the event which has raised over €350, 000 for the cancer charity.
Having travelled to Dublin the previous day, John won a tense live on-air shave-off competition against three other barbers, and having completed his headshave in 44 seconds, was chosen to attempt the world record. The world record attempt was broadcast live on The Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM.
His steady and speedy hand saw him off to a flying start and, with just 20 minutes gone, it was apparent that he was not only on course to break the world record of 44 heads but to smash it completely.
Having reached 60 heads, John actually ran out of willing participants but was delighted with his efforts. “It was a big challenge but I was pretty confident going into it,” said John. “I just got my head down and halfway through, I knew the record was in sight.”
A number of celebrities also had their head shaved or dyed on the day including Today FM presenters Tony Fenton, Matt Cooper and Ray Foley. “It really was a great day.” he said. “The atmosphere in the salon was brilliant and we raised an amazing amount of money for a cancer research and support in Ireland.”
The event culminated in John shaving the head of Ray D’Arcy.
The details of the day have been sent off for verification but his effort should now see John entered into the Guinness Book of Records.