Sunday 31 August 2014

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Georgia Salpa


Where to find her: She was queen of the photocalls, but it took a relationship with Calum Best to catapult the Irish-Greek beauty into the gossip pages.

Seeking to make the very most of the exposure, Salpa (26) secured a spot on the UK's 'Celebrity Big Brother'. This has substantially raised her profile in Britain, with most of the attention focused on her alleged flirtation with Kirk Norcross, ex of scripted reality show 'The Only Way Is Essex'.

Less positively, most of the cross-channel media coverage has focused on her supposed resemblance to Kim Kardashian.

Whatever romance has in store, you hope it's more dignified than Kardashian's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries.

Danielle Ryan

Actress/charity fundraiser

Where to find her: Either hanging out at her stunning Co Kildare home, Stacummy House, or busy working on a film set. She is also responsible for the setting up of The Cathal Ryan Trust, which donated $14m to help the children and people of Sri Lanka, through UNICEF Ireland.

Also through the trust, RADA-trained Danielle set up The Lir, National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, last October.

Her style: Mum-of-one Danielle is every inch the Hollywood star -- whether working the red carpet or hanging out at home, she is never caught off guard in the style stakes. She has a great figure, which looks fantastic in jeans.

Why she makes the grade: She is the daughter of the late Cathal Ryan and the granddaughter of the late Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair. When she inherited their combined fortunes, she remained low key and in control, going on to share the wealth and develop charities.

Matches her excessive wealth with her talent and good looks... need we say more?

What to say to impress her: "I would love to see the theatre you built behind your house in Kildare. Any chance?"

Paul Galvin

Footballer/fashion writer

Where to find him: The footballer-turned-fashionista is one of the country's most high-profile GAA stars. And yet the Kerry player has mostly succeeded in keeping his love life out of the media.

We've seen him wearing cardigans, cravats and cagoules -- but never exiting a club in the company of a mysterious lady friend.

However, there were plenty of rumours before Christmas when he turned up at a sold-out gig by soul singer Emeli Sande in the company of Today FM's Louise Duffy.

Quicker than you could say Posh 'n' Becks, wags in the media had christened them 'Galuffy'.

Gavin Lambe-Murphy has the who's who of Ireland's dating scene

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