Billy To Help Recovery Haven And Remember Betty By Shaving Off His Beard

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Billy Ryle.

HE’S been beardy for as long as most can remember, but in late November Billy Ryle will let it “go wild” and then shave it off for a great cause. In doing so, he’ll also remember a friend who passed away recently.

Guidance counsellor Billy from The Spa is joining the “100 Men/€100” Movember Challenge by Recovery Haven Kerry where they are looking for 100 men to grow a moustache or beard for the month and in doing so raise €100 or more each.

Although Billy, already has the facial hair, it’s about to get a whole lot wilder as he says he’ll let it grow out for the next number of weeks.

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“I really wanted to do something for the facility as they do amazing work there,” said Billy, who has had his beard for nearly 40 years.

“I remember Presentation Secondary [where Billy worked] were in a basketball tournament over in Europe and I said I’d grow a beard if they won it out.” They were victorious and the beard stayed.

Billy is also taking on the challenge in memory of Spa woman Betty O’Brien who passed away last week.

“Betty was a good friend and did great work for the pioneer association and was involved in cultural activities in the area. I wanted to do something in her memory,” said Billy.

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But while the beard will come off on November 29 at a special event in The Rose Hotel, it’s likely to make a comeback soon after. “I’d say the youthful good looks have gone, but we’ll have to see,” added Billy.

Recovery Haven, which offers free, therapeutic support to almost 1,300 cancer patients across Kerry, has already recruited around 80 men for the challenge.

Those interested in taking part are asked to register with Recovery Haven Kerry as soon as possible, after which they will be given their sponsorship card – and the beard and moustache growing will commence! To register your details contact 066-7192122 or email

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