The season of goodwill was in full swing at Joseph’s Hair Salon, Glasheen last Sunday as anyone and everyone who wanted a pampering cut and blow-dry received just that.
Joseph and his staff gave up their Sunday to open up the doors of their salon to all who wanted to get spruced up for the festive season, free of charge.
Mastermind behind the kind gesture, Joseph Byrne, told the Evening Echo they started cutting people’s hair for free on special occasions such as Christmas and Easter five years ago.
“I was talking to Catriona from Penny Dinners and we just decided to do it as a good luck, good will, good feel Christmas gesture and then it continued to Easter and Communions and all that.
“Last year we had over 40 and this year we are expecting 50 or 60. It is something we pride ourselves in and love doing it.” Joseph said they were simply providing a service to the general public. “The whole idea is it is not a charity service, it is just helping out others, providing a service. This is a permanent thing, we will be doing it long into the future.” Bernadette Akcoct got her hair washed, cut and blow-dried on Sunday. “This is my first time coming into Joseph’s and I hope I will be back next year.
“I’m delighted with my haircut, it has enhanced my Christmas. It is nice to look good for the festive season.” Penny Dinners volunteer Davina Staunton said this was her first time coming to Joseph’s and they did a great job. “I started volunteering with Penny Dinners about 2-3 years ago after my brother passed away. He availed of the service and I was drawn to it.
“It is nice to help out.” Speaking about the staff at Joseph’s, Davina said they were “like angels.” “It’s fantastic, they take such good care of everyone, it’s a lovely treat.” Joanna Skok and Adrian Lies were also in for a haircut on Sunday. The couple told the Evening Echo it was a big surprise for them to get brought to Joseph’s for a haircut.
“It was a total surprise, Catriona from Penny Dinners just mentioned it to me and we came out.” Joanna said it was delighted with her haircut. “They did a great job.” Joseph said they get people in all kinds of situations coming in for a cut. “We have had people living in cars coming to get their hair done, all sorts of situations.
The salon owner took the time to thank Flannery’s of Glasheen who provided food on the day.
“They have been brilliant, they supply food, sandwiches, sausage rolls and parking. They have been brilliant.”