Top ten Irish people to celebrate this Christmas

Olivia Wilde arrives at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards

“X-Factor” star Mary Byrne was thrust into the public limelight this year when she appeared in the Simon Cowell’s talent show. The 51-year-old Dublin woman wowed judges with her performances on the show and made it to the final stages.

She may not have won the coveted spot, but she has secured a record deal which means that this is only the start for the talented single mother.

READ MORE- Mary Byrne signs record deal- SEE VIDEO
 
Jane Lynch

This Glee star was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role of Sue Sylvester in the hit musical comedy series. The Irish-American actress also scooped an Emmy earlier this year for the same star role.

Lynch opening speaks about overcoming her battle with alcohol and coming out after splitting from her husband, showing everyone how her determination won through in the end.

READ MORE- Irish American stars win big at the 2010 Emmy Awards - SEE VIDEO

Your average Irish paddy

In the wake of one of the harshest budgets in the history of the Irish state, it is no surprise to anyone that Irish people have had a rough time of it this year. But despite the economic hardship, they will protest, they will march but above, they will survive.

READ MORE- An old pub, a cold day, a warm welcome - despite all the hard times, Irish spirits still up

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