Friday 30 January 2015

Pictures: Hot, Eligible & Irish


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?"

Adam Fergus


Where to find him: Based mainly in LA, but still a regular face on Dublin's social scene. Find him surrounded by beautiful women in Krystle, roller blading in Santa Monica or cheering on Liverpool with his mates in his local in Laytown.

His style: Very LA -- cool, casual and always wearing shades.

Why he makes the grade: Having landed the lead role in hit Canadian comedy drama TV show 'Being Erica', Adam is already highly tipped to be the next Colin Farrell.

His good looks and humble attitude make him melt hearts from his hometown of Drogheda to LA. As an ex-bartender, he also makes a mean Martini.

What to say to impress him: "I loved you in 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'."

Jade Yourell


Where to find her: This Galway girl is rumoured to be about to move to LA, like so many other Irish actors. However, she is still based in Dublin, where she hosts fantastic parties at her home just off St Stephen's Green.

Failing that, treading the boards. Last year, she played Myra Arundel in Noël Coward's 'Hayfever' at The Gate.

Her style: Super chic! Jade is not afraid of fashion and can change her look from day to day. One thing that is constant is her flame-red hair, which turns heads. Her family is in the hairdressing business, so her locks are impossibly shiny.

Why she makes the grade: Good looks, talent and something of a free spirit make Jade sit well on the list.

What to say to impress her: "I'm not sure which of your roles I like best, you are so versatile."

Emma Jane Quinlan


Where to find her: On the cover of lads' mags or hanging out of a Ferrari on the annual Gum Ball Rally.

Her style: Either red-carpet-ready or wearing next to nothing. It's all about, 'I've got it, so I flaunt it!'

Why she makes the grade: Without a doubt, Derek Quinlan's niece is one of the country's most vibrant women. Not afraid to say and do what she feels.

What to say to impress her: "You do know that I have a huge python?"

Hayley Rock

MD of Concierge Dublin

Where to find her: The former Lillie's Bordello hostess is on most socialites' speed dials and very much in demand socially. If she is not organising the party, she is a guest at it.

Her style: Changes from work day to party night with little effort Her endless legs are perfectly at home in the shortest of hemlines.

Why she makes the grade: Having worked at one of Dublin's busiest and exclusive nightclubs, she has proved that she can handle herself.

These days she heads up Concierge Dublin which, as the name suggests, can get its members anything they need within reason.

She has many Irish and international celebrities' private phone numbers and always looks fantastic. All topped off with her great sense of humour and wit.

What to say to impress her: "I know you are the only one who can get me a table at Patrick Guilbaud on Valentine's night. Care to join me?"

Bressie (Niall Breslin)

Musician and judge on RTE's 'The Voice of Ireland'

Where to find him: Hanging out in London's Notting Hill with fellow music types.

His style: Very rock 'n' roll -- jeans, T-shirts and Converse. Bressie is cool and confident, without being OTT.

Why he makes the grade: The ex-Ireland rugby player and ex-Blizzards frontman is talented and, in a word, hot.

What to say to impress him: "You were born to have a solo career."

Max McGuinness

Student at Oxford/writer

Where to find him: Hanging out backstage at any U2 concert. His father is Paul McGuinness, the U2 boss.

His style: Eccentric dandy meets man about town. Like his father, he can be seen sporting the odd hat or two.

Why he makes the grade: He is intelligent, quirky and did we mention that his father is Paul McGuinness? Also a very talented writer and director. His plays have been showcased at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to rave reviews.

He is also a regular columnist for 'GQ' and 'The Dubliner'.

What to say to impress him: "You really can pull off that fedora!"

Gráinne Seoige


Where to find her: Arguably the most famous woman on Irish television under the age of 40. In 2010, the newsreader-turned-light-entertainment-presenter split from her husband Stephen Cullinane, whom she met while working at TV3. She also has a teenage son, Conall from an earlier relationship.

They had been together for 11 years.

Protective of her privacy, Seoige is rarely seen socialising, preferring to focus on her career both sides of the Irish sea.

In the few interviews she has given since the break-up, she doesn't seem terribly concerned about her single status. "What's meant for you won't pass you by," she said last year. "And if it does pass you by, then it wasn't for you."

Tommy Bowe

Rugby player

Where to find him: You won't have read much about him in the gossip pages, probably because he's been based in Wales since 2008, where he plays for the Ospreys.

Still, he would seem to enjoy the limelight, having appeared on the 'Late Late Show' and on RTE reality programme 'The Restaurant'. When the cameras aren't rolling, he is known to entertain the Ireland rugby team with his rendition of 'Black Velvet Band'.

Why he makes the grade: Regarded as Irish rugby's most eligible bachelor, Monaghan- born Bowe combines steeliness on the pitch with an off-the-field roguishness.

There was great disappointment last year, however, when it was reported he'd started seeing former Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse. Say it isn't so, Tommy!

Michael Fassbender


Where to find him: Perhaps the hottest actor on the planet right now, the stoic leading man has mostly succeeded in keeping his personal life out of the media.

What we do know is that he briefly stepped out with Zoe Kravitz, daughter of rock hero Lenny. The two met in 2010 on the set of 'X-Men: First Class'.

By mid-2011, rumours abounded of a break up. But these were only confirmed when Kravitz was seen looking 'romantic' with 'Gossip Girl's' Penn Badgley.

Michael Dara McAuley


Where to find him: The idea of a Dublin footballer being a pin-up would have seemed ludicrous just a few years ago. When you can barely beat Wexford or Laois in the Leinster championship, sex-symbol status seems a bit above your station.

That was before the Dubs sensationally overcame Kerry in last year's All-Ireland final, however. With icons Bernard and Alan Brogan off the market, it's the younger members of the squad who are the real attractions at Copper Face Jacks.

From south Dublin, 6ft 3in Michael is the obvious heartthrob in waiting. Granted, GAA stars lack the bling and super-bucks of English soccer stars.

Then again, they're unlikely to have an affair with a 'Big Brother' star while your back is turned.

Nadine Coyle


Where to find her: The voice behind Girls Aloud, Coyle's personal life has had more ups and downs than a thrill ride at Disney World.

Her first high-profile relationship was with 'Desperate Housewives' star Jess Metcalfe, but they split in 2008 amid a flurry of tabloid rumours that he'd cheated on her.

She subsequently became engaged to American footballer Jason Bell. But it was not to be: last June she announced the end of the relationship via Twitter.

It was an unhappy summer for the 25-year-old -- her solo album flopped around the same time. As speculation of a Girls Aloud comeback builds, you wonder if she and Cheryl have at last discovered something in common: love lives you couldn't make up.

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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