Tuesday 27 September 2016

Saoirse, Hozier, Simone and Rory on top '30 Under 30' list

Elaine McCahill

Published 20/01/2016 | 07:29

Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. She wears Antonio Berardi REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Saoirse Ronan arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. She wears Antonio Berardi REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Simone Rocha
Actress Saoirse Ronan attends the "Brooklyn" New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on November 3, 2015 in New York City.
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Hozier

Saoirse Ronan, Hozier, Rory McIlroy and Simone Rocha have all been named in Forbes magazine's new 30 Under 30 Europe list.

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The Irish stars are in good company as everyone from Adele to Emma Watson and Ed Sheeran are included.

The business magazine has chosen some of the most influential Europeans in a host of categories from technology and entertainment to the arts and social enterprise.

It's no surprise that four of our biggest exports in entertainment, sport and fashion have featured in the categories.

Saoirse (21) just received her second Oscar nomination and was named British/Irish Actress of the Year at the London Critics Circle Awards earlier this month.

Hozier has taken the musical world by storm with his self-titled debut album and has a Grammy nomination, an Ivor Novello and a BBC Song of the Year award under his belt.

Elsewhere, newly- engaged Rory McIlroy was recently awarded the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award for the third time.

Meanwhile, Dublin designer Simone Rocha was included in the 30 under 30 Arts and Style list.

The Ranelagh native has had a meteoric rise to fame since her debut collection at London Fashion Week in September 2010.

She has since dressed everyone from Rihanna and Beyonce to Keira Knightley, opened her first stand-alone store in Mayfair in London, and has won several awards.

The 28-year-old scooped the 2014 British Fashion Award for New Establishment Designer.

Simone, who has fashion in her blood thanks to father John Rocha, has said that getting into the industry was inevitable.

"It was 100pc a part of my life. But it's weird; it didn't feel very 'fashion' growing up in Dublin," she said.

"Moving to London and being a fashion designer now, it's totally different."

Other Irish influencers include engineer Rory O'Sullivan who was listed in the Industry category.

Web Summit co-founder Daire Hickey was included in the Media list.

Stripe creators, John and Patrick Collision have had phenomal success with their online payment software and were listed in the Finance sector.

The Forbes list entries were vetted by TV personality Kelly Osbourne, athlete and philanthropist Kelly Holmes and PR guru Alan Edwards.

Those listed have been "recognised for their game-changing leadership, innovation in their field, and likelihood of changing their industry in the next half-century".

The full list features 300 young innovators and entrepreneurs from across 10 categories.

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