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Saturday 20 September 2014

Teenage sensations: Irish stars who started out young

Published 14/07/2014 | 02:30

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Rory McIlroy
Niall Horan
Saoirse Ronan

As Sarah Caden talks to 19-year-old Irish model Thalia Heffernan, Pat Fitzpatrick takes a look at some other stars who started young

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Rory McIlroy

A winner since his teenage days, Rory is available for Ireland at the Olympics. If he remembers how to play golf, he might even get picked. There is no danger that he will change his mind and declare for Team GB. Rory is well known for keeping his promises to sporting bodies. Unless the body belongs to a Danish tennis player. Golf is one of the few Olympic sports that is considered drug-free. Obviously, the spectators are goofed up on all sorts to keep them awake. Golf. Very boring.

2 Niall Horan

If the band actually dated all the women they are linked with, One Direction would never have enough time to record their songs. OK, stop. We know what you're thinking. But the young 
people go mad for them. Some 
cynics claim that band members

Zayn and Louis orchestrated their recent joint-smoking episode 
because they wanted to appeal to 
an older audience. We're still not 
sure if the five- to seven-year-olds 
got the message.

4 Katie Taylor

Just two years to Rio. And then the country can gather around the telly and roar at Katie to belt the head off some young one from out foreign. The Olympics - there is no doubt but that it brings out the best in people. We'll all be captivated by the great speed events in Rio. There's the 100 metres, the 800 metres and the 1500 metres. 
Not to mention the race to be the 
first UK newspaper to say Katie is British after she wins the gold. Our money is on The Telegraph.

3 Liam Brady

A teen sensation at Arsenal, nicknamed Chippy because he loved going there for fish and chips. He's up there with George "The Pub" Best as the greatest player from this island. Chippy would have played for Ireland in Italia '90, except Big Jack caught him trying to pass the ball along the ground and that was the end of that. His main job on the RTE panel is to wind up Eamon Dunphy. Imagine, they have to pay someone to do that.

5 Saoirse Ronan

Everyone says she is so normal and down to earth. As if that needs saying. It's not like Hollywood stars have 
a reputation for being crazy and aloof. She might get more gigs with a different name. Imagine the Hollywood producers at the casting meeting. "Let's get wotshername Sayo, Seeyou,- ah dammit, ring Keira Knightley." Which paper will be first to claim someone with a name like Saoirse as British? Our money isn't on The Telegraph.

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