Irish Americans were everywhere in 2018!

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From politicians to entertainers, Irish Americans were everywhere this year. Have a look at our favorite Irish Americans and let us know who you think should come out on top for 2018.

1. Beto O'Rourke

Beto O’Rourke made headlines this year for challenging longtime Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. After only narrowly losing to Cruz, could Irish-American O’Rourke be gearing up for a White House run in 2020?

Beto O'Rourke (Getty)

Beto O'Rourke (Getty)

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2. Maureen Dowd

As an opinion columnist for The New York Times, Maureen Dowd offered her thoughts throughout a politically tumultuous year.

Maureen Dowd (Getty)

Maureen Dowd (Getty)

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3. John Brennan

Brennan, whose parents both hail from Co Roscommon, famously had his security clearance revoked by President Trump in August 2018. The former counterterrorism advisor for President Obama has become one of the leading critics of President Trump.

John Brennan (Getty)

John Brennan (Getty)

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4. Brett Kavanaugh

Over the summer, Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing confirmation for his role in the Supreme Court made headlines as some of his past indiscretions came to light.

Brett Kavanaugh (Getty)

Brett Kavanaugh (Getty)

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5. Saoirse Ronan

Born in New York to Irish parents, Ronan is continuing on her waves of success in the entertainment industry. She recently released ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ which is already gaining Oscar buzz, and is currently working on the Greta Gerwig remake of ‘Little Women.’

Saoirse Ronan (Getty)

Saoirse Ronan (Getty)

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6. John McCain

The popular Arizona Senator and Navy veteran passed away in August but left behind an inspiring message that will surely be remembered for generations to come.

Senator John McCain (Getty)

Senator John McCain (Getty)

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7. Joe Kennedy III

Grand-nephew of JFK, Joe Kennedy III is steadily making a name for himself as a Congressman in his home state of Massachusetts. Could we be gearing up for another Kennedy in the White House?

Joe Kennedy III (Getty)

Joe Kennedy III (Getty)

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8. Paul Ryan

After serving as Speaker of the House since 2015, Paul Ryan announced in April that he would not be seeking re-election as a Congressman in 2018’s midterm elections and would retire in January 2019 at the end of his term.

Paul Ryan (Getty)

Paul Ryan (Getty)

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9. Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly left Fox News in 2017 to join NBC News, but her show ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ was canceled in October 2018. Prior to the cancellation, Kelly highlighted the #MeToo movement on her show.

Megyn Kelly (Getty)

Megyn Kelly (Getty)

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10. Jimmy Fallon

The Irish American king of late-night kept us well entertained throughout an otherwise bumpy 2018. 

Jimmy Fallon (2018)

Jimmy Fallon (2018)

Read More: Saoirse Ronan and Jimmy Fallon’s Irish up Christmas with a cover of “Fairytale of New York”

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11. Someone else

Did you have someone else in mind? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

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