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Jonathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors" Photo by: Julien Behal/PA

The hottest Irish stars

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers of "The Tudors" Photo by: Julien Behal/PA

We here at IrishCentral took on the painstaking job of staring at countless images of attractive Irish men and women to determine the 10 hottest. And now here they are: the Hottest 10 Out of Ireland – enjoy!

The Men
Forget Colin Farrell… these five Irishman are way more good looking, put-together and talented, if I may say…
 
1. Cillian Murphy
His windswept hair, his piercing blue eyes, his constant brooding expression – it may be a little cheesy, but we’re into it.
 
The Co. Cork native is a successful actor, both at home as a leading man in movies like “Intermission” and “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” (check out an interview for the movie) and overseas as the “bad guy” in movies like “Batman Begins" and “Red Eye” (he was nominated for a Golden Globe for this role).
 
Whatever the role, we appreciate Cillian’s (pronounced KILL-ian’s) talent  - and looks.
 
2. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
He may be a bit of a Colin Farrell-bad boy (he was arrested in 2007 on charges of public drunkenness and breach of the peace and has attended rehab more than once…), but this Dublin-born actor, singer and model is heads above the rest when it comes to Irish star quality.
 
He’s earned awards for his television work (for “The Tudors” and “Elvis"), critical acclaim for his film work (most notably for his role in the crazy-fantastic glam rock flick “Velvet Goldmine” (bizarre clip from the film here - granted Jonathan may not be at his hottest, but entertaining nonetheless) and for his endearing part in the hit “Bend It Like Beckham”  and is known as a talented singer and model, posing for the likes of Hugo Boss.
 
But if his talent isn’t enough to make you fall for him, keep in mind, he ain’t that bad looking either…
 
3. John Duddy
Our one and only sportsman that made the list. “The Derry Destroyer” may sound scary, but when you get a look at him, fear will be the last thing on your mind. Ireland’s famous middleweight boxer is known in the States for his fights at Madison Square Garden, including his St. Patrick’s Day fight against Leonard Pierre – all of which he won. He is also known for his rugged handsomeness. Duddy has won over fans with his athleticism, looks and his commitment to Irish immigration reform in the U.S.; the boxer has attended numerous Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform meetings, and even entered the ring in March 2006 donning an ILIR t-shirt. Here John answers some questions about an upcoming fight
 
4. Stuart Townsend
Nooo, this is not just Charlize Theron’s long-time partner – this is the handsome face of one of Ireland’s gifted actor/directors (see him in an interview for his directorial debut, "Battle in Seattle,” about the Seattle protests of a World Trade Organization meeting).
 
The dark-featured stud was first noticed overseas for his role of a seducer in 2000’s “About Adam,” and then as a vampire in 2002’s hit “Queen of the Damned,” which co-starred Aaliyah.
 
It’s his star power and good Irish looks that make this Howth, Co. Dublin native much more than Charlize’s arm candy…
 
5. Des Bishop
So technically he’s Irish AMERICAN, but comedian Des Bishop is widely considered an honorary Irishman since he has lived in Ireland since he was 15, has created numerous Irish t.v. shows and is now fluent in Gaelic.
 
Therefore, we feel justified in claiming him as one of our own and adding him to the list (his boyish good looks and great sense of humor didn’t hurt his chances either).
 
New York City-born Des is famous in Ireland for his hilarious comedy shows and his stand up (and for singing “Jump Around” in Gaelic – “Leim Thart”).
 
And next time you watch Jim Sheridan’s excellent film “In America,” keep on the lookout for a high as a kite, hip hopping Wall Street type – that’d be our Des! 
 
 
The Women
Irish women may not be in the global spotlight as much as Irish men, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of good looking, talented Irish lasses around!
 
1. Andrea Corr
This raven-headed beauty is easily one of Ireland’s best looking women. And age has done little to change this. In 2000, Corr was voted 26 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women” list – no doubt if such a list were restricted to Irish women, Corr would rightfully stake her place at the top.  It’s certainly the case that she faces stiff competition in the looks department in her family from sisters Sharon and Caroline, but Andrea just about comes out on top. We can forgive her for making some occasionally pretty much God-awful music  - that other less attractive women simply wouldn’t get away – because, well, she is Andrea Corr and she should be allowed do as she pleases.
 
2. Lisa Hannigan
Probably one of the best things to have happened to Irish music in a long while was for Damien Rice to have kicked Lisa Hannigan out of his band. Hannigan had been his backing singer and was always the best thing about a lot of Rice’s songs. Rice always came across as being an entirely self-absorbed misery guts; Hannigan’s debut album "Sea Sew," is an altogether more charming affair, and one of the best solo albums from an Irish singer-songwriter in years.  And did we mention how gorgeous she is? She looks like the kind of girl who doesn’t actually know she is ridiculously hot, making her even more hot.
 
3. Gemma Hayes
Cute in a very indie-chick kind of way, Gemma Hayes, from a village called Ballyporeen, Co. Tipperary,  has been on the music scene in Ireland for a few years now. Presumably she was the inspiration behind the Counting Crows song, "Washington Square," when he sings "I wandered the highways from Dublin to Berkeley / And I heard the songbirds of Ballyporeen."
 
And looking at her, it’s easy to see why Adam Duritz would feel inspired a song about her. Here is Gemma with "Hanging Around."
 
4.  Nadine Coyle
Coyle famously lied on her application form for an Irish version of "American Idol," saying that she was 18 when she was in fact 16. She was one of the winners of the show, and got to join an all girls pop banded called Six. When the truth was uncovered, she was booted out of the band – the best thing to have every happened to her. Later she entered "Popstars" (a U.K. version of "American Idol") and won. Today she is in the band that emerged from that, Girls Aloud, which has become one of the most successful British pop bands of the decade. (Today, Six are available for children's birthday and various other family functions.)
 
She has been romantically linked to a series of male celebrities: Jesse Metcalf from "Desperate Housewives" and NFL player Jason Bell. It’s not hard to see how they could fall for this lovely Derry lass.
 
Nadine is said to be the best singer in Girls Aloud - check out this clip and see why.
 
5. Rosanna Davison
The first, and only, Irish Miss World, Davison is also famous for the being the daughter of Chris de Burgh. De Burgh was famous for being the singer of the song "Lady in Red," beloved of cheesy romantics everywhere. (The most recent survey on this song found that over 2 million couples claim this as “our song.”)
 
In normal circumstances, De Burgh should be shot for crimes against music; but he can surely plead clemency on the basis that his daughter is so incredibly hot.  (Although maybe this didn’t work as an excuse when his wife, recovering from a serious horse riding accident at the time, discovered he was having an affair with their nanny.)
 
Here is Rosanna making Daddy proud.
 
 

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