Vicki Notaro takes a look at those predicted to be the next big somebody in the coming 12 months
As every year begins, it's customary to try and predict the next big thing in the world of entertainment and spot the cool happenings before they, er, happen. Well, 2013 is no different, so here is our definitive list of the future Irish success stories in the worlds of fashion, music, literature, film and television, who are tipped to be the next big thing in their field. And this time next year, if we were wrong about any of them, well, we'll throw out our crystal ball.
The Next Big Band: Kodaline
Every year, we hear of a new Coldplay, and this year they happen to be Irish band Kodaline. Named on the prestigious BBC Sound of 2013 list, the band have topped the Google search trend for bands in 2012, and have celebrity fans in the form of Gary Barlow and Fearne Cotton.
Their song 'All I Want' features on an ad for Google, and has been played in Grey's Anatomy. The band is made up of Steve, Mark, Jason and Vinny, who all hail from Swords in north Dublin. Steve and Mark are the best of friends, and originally got into music as eight-year-old school boys. As they grew older, playing together and writing songs helped their respective heartaches, and the lads admit that break-ups have definitely inspired their melancholic yet catchy tunes.
Their debut album A Perfect World lands in March, so time will tell if they reach the dizzying heights of Chris Martin and Co
The Fashionista: Angela Scanlon
The gorgeous redhead has been toiling as a stylist for years in Dublin, but since signing up to super agent Liz Matthews in London, her career as a professional fashionista and TV presenter has really taken off. British Vogue recently described Angela as the new Alexa Chung, which, in her own words, made her "wee a bit", as it's quite the honour.
It remains to be seen whether Mulberry will name a bag after Angela, but being compared to the twiglet-legged fashion darling is about as close to the top of the tree as you can get – and seeing as they already share an agent and a covetable sense of style, it's not an outlandish claim.
Over the past few months, Angela has been attending all the glitziest events, sitting front row at fashion week, getting papped by streetstyle bloggers and raising her television profile.
2013 will see a partial move to London for Angela, but she's not giving up the Dublin home she shares with her partner Roy just yet.
The Novelist: Niamh Boyce
Before you start wondering, no, Boyce doesn't write bonkbusters. A poet and a librarian, Niamh was awarded the Hennessy XO New Writer Award in 2012 for a poem called Kitty, and her first novel will be released through Penguin this year.
However, she is no novice, having had stories and poems published in newspapers and magazines since 2009.
The Herbalist is set in 1930s Ireland and tells the story of an Indian man who sets up in a small town selling lotions and potions to aid the villagers.
Told through the eyes of four women whose lives are changed by this mystery guy, it sounds reminiscent of Joanne Harris' 1999 novel Chocolat but Boyce's breezy, descriptive, Irish style is all her own.
Already creating buzz in the industry, this is certain to be a must-read for those who want a break from vampire fiction and S&M.
The Cool Indie Musicians: Little Green Cars
If Kodaline are the band tipped for mainstream success, LGC are the hipster's choice in 2013. Also listed by the BBC's experts as ones to watch, the Dublin five-piece are cool to the core, both in sound and appearance.
The band is collectively barely out of their teens, and is made up of four lads (Stevie, Donagh, Adam and Dylan) and a gal named Faye who sings lead vocals in harmony with the aforementioned Stevie.
Having played around Ireland in 2011, 2012 was the year that saw them move further afield and impressing musos in the UK and United States.
Their music has been described as a "blissful lull", and frontwoman Faye has drawn comparisons with Stevie Nicks, so perhaps this may be a band that will break through the alternative barrier and have some solid chart success both at home and abroad. Watch this space.
The Comedian: Andy Quirke
You may have never heard Andy's name before, but that's not unusual; he's best known as his two alter-egos, Republic Of Telly's Damo and Ivor. The two characters, a posh toff and a tough wide-boy, came to prominence on the RTé show with their spoof song 'Everybody's Drinking'.
Now Andy has been offered his own six-part series focusing on the dastardly duo (who are twins separated at birth), and based on their Northside/Southside Dublin divide. Quirke is the son of millionaire property developed Richard, and the brother of Wesley, most famous for being the other half of glamour girl Rosanna Davison.
Andy's been honing his comic talents with YouTube videos for years, but his big break on RTé Two's popular sketch show has now paved the way for him to flex his funny bone.
If he can extend Damo and Ivor's antics beyond the obvious skanger versus D4-head jokes and keep up the momentum for an entire season, Quirke could be on to something – perhaps even the next Mrs Brown's Boys?
The Model: Clara MacSweeney
Being hailed as "the new Kate Moss" seems to be the highest compliment a young model can be paid, but Clara lives up to the hype. Spotted by Andrea Roche at one of her agency's "bootcamps" for wannabe models, Clara immediately courted attention thanks to her striking looks and 5ft 11in stature.
While Ireland has spawned many great beauties, none have ever looked so primed for high fashion as Clara, whose unbelievable bone structure wouldn't be out of place on the pages of the glossiest glossies, and her tall, slender figure is perfect for the runways of the world's fashion weeks.
Every snapper in the land is clamouring to shoot her, and at just 15 years old, Clara is content to remain in Ireland cutting her teeth for the moment. Don't be surprised, though, if before the year is out, the word "super" is preceding her job description.
The Hollywood Prospect: Killian Scott
If Robert Sheehan was the original break-out star of RTé's stellar series Love/Hate, then Killian Scott is hot on his heels after the third season of the drama. Twitter drowned in collective roars of "Nooooooo!" when Scott's character Tommy met the end of Nidge's 9-iron and ended up in a coma, but the fact that he hasn't been fully killed off is promising for season four.
Love/Hate has been popular since it first aired in 2010, but season three had everyone talking, not just about the solid writing and incredible performances, but about guiltily finding roguish Tommy attractive.
Hot and all as the gangster character may be, his real-life alter ego Killian Scott is even hotter thanks to the fact that he's actually very well spoken and groomed. In other words, if you fancied him with that hairdo, you'll be mad about the real deal.
His good looks aside, Scott's acting abilities have scored him a part in John Michael McDonough's new flick Cavalry alongside Aiden Gillen, Chris O'Dowd and the Gleeson dynasty.
We predict Scott to be challenging Sheehan for the sexiest export crown this time next year.