The Irish are known for their "gift of the gab," and these 10 are no exception to the rule. Here's our list of the top 10 Irish TV personalities.
1. Chris Matthews
The granddaddy now, "Hardball" has become an institution and Matthews the stuff of legends. Luckily for us he turned down a run at a senate seat, the better to send a thrill up our collective leg for years to come.
2. Pat Buchanan
Ubiquitous, loquacious, tendentious, the nattering nabob somehow retains a light touch in the midst of all his sound and
fury. You might like this guy as your companion on a slow boat to China. Except Pat would probably never go there.
3. Kelly O’Donnell
Cute, pert and smart—a killer combination. Her family comes from beautiful Oranmore in Co. Galway, site of the famous
song "The Galway Shawl" about a local beauty. Lyrics: "She wore no jewels, no fancy diamonds, no paint no powder, no none at all.“ Hmm... bet Kelly would look just as good too without the makeup.
4. Mike Barnicle
No “sticks like a limpet to the story” puns please. Was great columnist with The Boston Globe and now plays the crusty uncle
released presently from the attic to perfection.
5. Sean Hannity
Tokyo Rose has nothing on Seanie when it comes to in your face talking points. Now that Colmes has exited stage left, it is all
right all the time with Sean.
6. Bill O’Reilly
He huffs and he puffs and blows down a fair few piggy houses. Breezy Bill has the wind at his back now that Democrats are
back and there are lots of Aunt Sallys to knock down.
7. Norah O’Donnell
She co-hosts the St. Patrick’s Day parade coverage on WNBC – what could be wrong with that? The O’Donnell name in Gaelic
means "mighty." Exactly.
8. Lawrence O’Donnell
Does NBC have a secret green factory where elves (leprechauns) manufacture Irish talking heads called O’Donnell? Lawrence is a west winger with a well turned zinger when needed.
9. Doris Kearns Goodwin
A talking head talking history - and no one does it better. This former White House fellow shows the lads how to take history mainstream.
10. John McLaughlin
Ex priest now ministering to his Sunday morning flock with hectoring sermons that would do justice to the Pope. Peremptory and partisan, but never boring.