All true Donegal contestants must have started there beard ON or AFTER January 1, 2017.
Beards are judged on length, thickness, overall appearance and whether it is a true Donegal.
A Donegal beard is a whiskery fringe around the lower chin and jowls (see fig. 1). The razor is applied to the upper lip, upper chin and just above the collar line. All men caught on the streets of Shamrock without Donegals will be slammed in the Barefaced Jail to cool their heels while their beards grow to a thickness benefiting a true Irishman.