Michael Flatley 'Lord of the Dance'Jeremy Selwyn

1.Sarah Palin – she keeps the media on edge wondering what she is going to do next—keeps it all very interesting, now that it looks like she will likely run for president. What a story.

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2.Colin Farrell now that he is single again sure to give hacks like us lots of headlines in the weeks and months ahead.

Read more: Colin Farrell breaks up with mother of his child

3.Liam Neeson; Good for the media as well as hardly a week goes by that we don’t see a new movie from him. Certainly a man much in demand.  He’s even in "Hangover".

Read more: Liam Neeson opens up about 'Hangover 2'

4.Bill Clinton; For reminding us what a great politician can look like and his continued interest in peace in Ireland which he expressed during his attest visit to Northern Ireland. He’s in Hangover 2 as well.

Read more: Bill Clinton works his magic at Northern Irish Forum

5. Brian Cowen, because we could cry but we’ll laugh instead. He has ensured Ireland stays in the world headlines all year by his incompetent management of the economic crisis—what crisis?

Read more: Irish Central Bank expects Ireland to take EU-IMF loan as talks begin

6.Susan Boyle, for continuing to defy the odds and the toffee nosed media who wrote her off as a one hit wonder. She’s currently number one on both sides of the Atlantic. She’s a keeper.

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7.Rex Ryan, the big, bluff New York Jets coach has put the fun back into football and his bragging and big mouth have made for a great story.

Read more: NY Jets coach Rex Ryan: Big, fat, and king of New York

8. Lady Gaga, did her bit for the Irish economy when she named Jameson as her favorite drink of all time, Sales have shot up since.

Read more: Lady Gaga tells of her love for Irish whiskey 'Jameson is the only thing that won't say no'

9. Bono. His back injury was one of the great stories of the year mainly because of the happy ending.Long may he endure.

Read more: U2’s relief after Bono’s emergency surgery prevents paralysis

10.-Joint Winner : Michael Flatley, his comeback to dancing at age fifty plus an amazing achievement and will generate lots of stories too. Always great copy.

Read more: Michael Flatley is the top lord again

10. Joint Winner: Mary McAleese. Ireland’s president head and shoulders over all other politicians over there. She will be missed when she steps down in 2011.

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