Offaly man trades Gucci for Clara with new barbershop
An Offaly man is bringing his Dubai experience with celebrities and the world's top fashion brands home to Clara to open a new high-end barbershop.
Niall Keegan has just returned from Dubai where he worked with the likes of Gucci and Tom Ford, honing the skills first explored in Tullamore just three years ago.
Clara man Niall began his foray in the men's hair business three years ago when he completed a barbers course at the Midlands School of Hairdressing in Tullamore. He then went on work experience to Athlone before being made permanent and progressing to the role of manager.
"I was working for two years before deciding to search for an experience abroad and ended up getting a job in Dubai in a barbershop called Chaps and Co," Niall told the Offaly Express.
"I learned so much and gained invaluable experience during my time there. While working at C&C I had some great opportunities with celebrities, including footballers Ryan Giggs and Steven Gerrard, visiting the shop on a regular basis."
"I featured in several magazines and got to work with top brands," he added. Niall also once turned down an opportunity to work for the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
After a year in the bright lights of Dubai, one of the world's wealthiest cities, Niall has decided to return home with "a wealth of knowledge" under his belt.
"Owning my own barbershop has always been a dream of mine and I knew after getting to work with some amazing barbers in Dubai, it was the perfect time for me to bring my work back to my hometown," he explained.
He has been working tirelessly over the last few months to perfect 'Penthouse Barbershop,' which owes much of its inspiration to Niall's time in Dubai.
"I'm looking forward to giving my clients a little taste of that luxury," he concluded.
The doors of Penthouse Barbershop will open on Tuesday, November 6 at 9.30am on River Street in Clara.
You can find out more on the Penthouse Barbershop Facebook page here.