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Pledge “cutthedreadsoff”

"I will donate €10 to sponsor Eoin Ó Broin to cut off his dreadlocks for Shell to Sea but only if 50 other people will do the same. He has to cut the dreads in public on Saturday July 29th in Dublin City Centre."

— Tadhg McGrath

Deadline to sign up by: 29th July 2006
11 people signed up, 39 more were needed

Country: Ireland

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Among other things, this is a chance for all those people who complain about "long haired eco-warriors" to put their money up to see one transformed into a short haired environmental campaigner...

Eoin Ó Broin, noted environmental and political activist, and one of the founder members of the Shell to Sea campaign, has offered to cut off his dreadlocks to raise money for the Rossport Solidarity Camp. At the moment his dreads are right down his back, and represent "about six years" growth. His target is to raise at least 2,000 euro in total by July 29th, when he has agreed to have a haircut in public, at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin.

Eoin also wants to raise awareness of the walk from Mayo to Dublin being undertaken by members of the Rossport community, starting on that date. All money raised will go towards the fight against Shell and the current Irish government.

The Shell to Sea Campaign represents the efforts of the people of Ireland to stop the installation of a dangerous experimental pipeline and the building of a huge gas refinery near Rossport County Mayo, and the desire of the Irish people to get a fair deal from the exploitation of their natural resources.

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If you are in Ireland, you can sponsor Eoin's haircut in person by going to the following bookshops:

Dublin: The Sinn Féin Shop in Parnell Square or
Connolly Books, Blooms Walk, off Ormond Quay.

Cork: Barracka Books, 61 Barrack Street, Cork City

Galway: Charlie Byrnes Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway

Plus somewhere in Belfast that is yet to be confirmed- watch this space...

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  • People are needed to help us collect money on the street next week. So if you're going to be around Dublin City Centre on Thursday, Friday or Saturday and you don't mind talking to strangers- call me on 087 618 1620.
  • Thanks for giving me the opportunity to donate to this very worthy cause,
    and thanks Eoin for taking the risk !
    only sorry I had previously arranged to go away so won't see it, maybe someone will televise it....
    and i will get the tape!
    Imelda Dyas, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I would pay $20 if he has a shower too. Really! Think about it, why should anyone take a campaigner seriously if they dress and smell like crusties.
    You don't see Kofi Annan in dreds do you?
    cahit, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • dear Cahit,

    Send me the 20 dollars and I will send you a photo of Eoin in a suit and tie...

  • There is a sponsorship card in the Culturlann in Belfast. Adress is 216 Falls Road.
  • why is my name not on the sign up list?Tadhg???
    cahit, I don't think personal comments are appropriate, the man is doin somethin for a worthy cause, show some appreciation! or join him???????
    imelda dyas, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • I found the pledge a little confusing on first glance as I didn't see the "I will" which is located on the right hand corner of the photo separated from the rest of the text. It then reads as if 50 other people have to cut off their dreadlocks.... Maybe you could change the layout of text
    Lara Hill, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • That's true, you could read it that way. This site provides a template which you just fill in, so you don't know how it'll read when you're making the pledge.

    Unfortunately they won't let me change the text, because it would be unethical to change something that people have signed up for, but in case there is any confusion, only Eoin has to shave his dreads, and we only have to give him the money if 50 of us do it.

    We've been getting a lot of money pledged through the bookshops, so we're well on the way to ensuring he's going to be short haired on Saturday evening...
  • There is an article about Eoin on page three of Daily Ireland today apparently.
  • A few of us are going to see if we can raise the profile of Eoin's haircut and the walk from Mayo by leafleting outside the Shell HQ at 52 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, at 1 o'clock tomorrow. Please try to join us if you are in town.

    Maybe the Shell staff will sponsor us.
  • Ah yeah I know you couldn't change text, just meant the lay out - no worries.

    When and where is cut?
    Lara Hill, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • The big chop is scheduled to take place at the Stephen's Green end of Grafton Street, at 3PM, today, Saturday the 29th.

    It coincides with a big Irish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign march, but we're hoping people can duck out of the march foor a few moments to see the haircut, since they are marching up to the Dáil...
  • there's a story on
  • Between this and the other pledge ( I reckon we have a good chance of reaching our target. We made nearly €400 just wandering around the city centre yesterday asking people to donate.

    We need to raise a little bit more to get to €2,000, and hopefully we'll get that today on Grafton Street.

    See you there- or send your email address to and we'll send out photos of the event.
  • you can see pictures of the big chop here:
  • We are counting this as a successful pledge, since Eoin reached his overall target of €2,000.

    All the money raised will go to the Rossport Solidarity Camp.

    You can send us a cheque to Shell to Sea, c/o 134 Phibsborough Road, Dublin 7;
    or you can drop the money off at one of the following places:

    Dublin: The Sinn Féin Shop in Parnell Square or
    Connolly Books, Bloom's Walk, off Ormond Quay.

    Cork: Barracka Books, 61 Barrack Street, Cork City

    Galway: Charlie Byrne's Bookshop, Middle Street, Galway

    Belfast: Culturlann, 216 Falls Road, Belfast.

    If you'd like to pay online, we can send you a Paypal request for payment. Please send an email to: (to avoid confusion with the other pledge, please mention that you want to pay 10 euro) Thanks a million

    Tadhg, 14 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Tadhg McGrath, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Basil Ó Curraoin
  • Caitlin ni Chonaill
  • William Hederman
  • louise
  • john ryan
  • weeler
  • Imelda Dyas
  • Marianne
  • Lara Hill
  • maurice brown
  • Jim Sykes

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