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Eamonn’s a cut above the rest in Barber Awards

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North Belfast man and Belfast Met student Eamonn Magill was announced yesterday as the Northern Ireland winner of the City and Guilds Apprentice Barber of the Year Awards.

However, that was not the most amazing thing that happened to Eamonn (18) yesterday – a few hours before he found out he had won, his girlfriend went into labour.

“I wasn’t even going to come down but I’m so glad now that I did. This has just been an amazing day and I am absolutely chuffed to have won this award…the fact the baby is on the way just makes it all the more special and definitely a day to be remembered!”

The young barber who has been training since he was 15 years-old is now set to travel to London later this month (October 17) to represent Northern Ireland. Competing in the Salon International Awards at EXCEL in London along with three other UK winners from England, Scotland and Wales.

He will go to Salon International on Monday 17th October at EXCEL London to showcase as the Northern Ireland winner.

Eamonn beat off competition from apprentice barbers across the country at the regional heats which were held yesterday (Monday) at Belfast Metropolitan College.

One of the judges from the competition, Charles Clarke said yesterday: “We were very impressed with Eamonn today. He was the most consistent, showed great potential and is the most salon ready. We look forward to nurturing this talent and I’m certain he has a great career ahead of him.”

Eamonn Magill with Charles Clarke (Left) and Garry Jackson (Right)

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