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Age shall not wither Mna na hEireann

They're stylish, steely, smart and in their prime. Brendan O'Connor presents a sensuous selection of Ireland's sexiest older ladies

Published 27/10/2013 | 01:55

Olivia Tracey
Olivia Tracey

Irish women have never had to rely on youth to be sexy. Indeed, it has tended to be the opposite. Irish women tend to grow into themselves. And it tends to be as they enter their prime that their accumulated style, steel, strength, sensuality, wisdom, humour, intelligence and tolerance come together in a gloriously sexy package.

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As Irish women get older they become bossier yet more welcoming, more withering yet more nurturing. They manage to get over themselves while simultaneously becoming prouder. They take no crap but they are more indulgent. As they get on, they have known Irish men; they accept them for what they are rather than what they think they should be. They don't care so much anymore and they don't want to marry us so they don't feel the need to knock out of us all those bad things that made us attractive in the first place. They just enjoy us for the messers we are. And in a sense there is nothing sexier than that: a woman who has your number but doesn't care either way.

Though maybe there is, and that is a woman who enjoys life, a woman who has lived, who has appetites, who has satisfied them, who is unashamed in her desire to enjoy her life. For men reared by women who often made a virtue of how little they enjoyed life, a woman who feels she has a right to more than the burnt toast or the smallest lamb chop is an exciting and exotic creature. The sexiest older women are independent and have a sense of entitlement, the type who feel they are worth it. They are the ones you can never pin down, the ones you can never catch, the ones who wouldn't give you an inch.

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