What Irish women want
Published 15/03/2011 | 05:00
So what makes womens' knees wobble? From an iron-clad liver to Rip Van Winkle-style hairy bits, we discover the strange and sexy turn-ons of Ireland's A-list ladies.
Sinead Desmond, Ireland AM
"For me, it's all about the brain -- the bigger the IQ, the more I want to get them into bed!
"Although from experience, seriously brainy men can be crap boyfriends as they don't always have an emotional intelligence to match. My husband Davy is the sexiest man I know -- he can beat me at Scrabble, make me laugh and is easy on the eye.
"My guilty pleasures are Bill Clinton, Richard Branson and (comedian) Alan Davies."
Amanda Brunker, Author
"I've always found head-strong, creative, moody men really sexy. In reality though, they'd probably be a total nightmare to put up with!
"Someone bullish like (celebrity chef) Marco Pierre White would float my boat -- I interviewed him recently and he just has this presence.
"I also like a guy who can hold his beer -- there's nothing more unattractive than a drunk man."
Michelle Doherty, Phantom FM
"I'm quite old-fashioned when it comes to men. I like men with good manners -- someone who holds the door open for me and treats me like a lady.
"My ideal man wouldn't be afraid to show his emotions -- not like most Irish guys. But you wouldn't want him to be too in touch with his feminine side either!
Geraldine O'Callaghan, The Apprentice
"My biggest turn-on is humility -- cockiness turns my stomach. Physically, I like a man with good posture, thick hair and a cheeky smile.
"There's a difference between 'sexy' and 'good-looking'. Although he's no George Clooney, there's one guy I work with who has a real sexiness about him -- but I'm too mortified to admit to anyone that I fancy him!"
Lisa Cannon, Xposé
"I've met some celebrities who are considered among the sexiest people on the planet, such as Angelina Jolie, and been let down because they lacked charisma in person. When I saw Joaquin Phoenix on the red carpet however, it was the opposite -- my knees actually buckled. Many people think he's a bit creepy and hairy, but I found him incredibly attractive.
"I've also got a bit of a thing for crinkly rockers -- Mick Jagger would be in my top 10 too!"
Claudia Carroll, Author
"Humour is the most attractive quality any man could have. Just look at Peter Kay and Ricky Gervais -- neither of them are exactly male-model material, but they're sexy in their own way because they can make us roll around the floor with laughter.
"Some of the most conventionally handsome men cease to become sexy the minute they open their mouths -- watch Robert Pattinson being interviewed if you don't believe me!"
Norah Casey, Dragons' Den
"Naturally my husband Richard Hannaford is the sexiest man alive. When he was a presenter on BBC radio, I woke up every morning to his warm, chocolate voice -- now I get to listen to him every day.
"As you get older, looks aren't all that important -- although I'd make an exception for Jonathan Rhys Meyers. So much so that I put him on the cover of the recent Irish Tatler Men's Issue. And when my husband wondered why there were so many photos of him lying around at the house, I was able to tell him it was work!"
Anna Daly, Ireland AM
"Being able to change a tyre is one of my biggest turn ons in a man -- it instinctively says he'll take care of you in more ways than one! Manly men like Daniel Craig do it for me.
"However, I developed an unlikely crush when I interviewed Slash from Guns N' Roses at Vicar Street once. I never thought he'd be my type -- but when I saw his super-fit bod, it was a different story!"
Ruth Scott, 2FM
"I've got the weirdest taste in men. After seeing The Piano, I went through a particularly shameful period where I couldn't stop thinking of Harvey Keitel starkers. But after seeing him in concert in Barcelona, my biggest celebrity crush is Eminem.
"Seeing this skinny, white guy command the attention of every woman in the audience, I can only put it down to his confidence. Even though he's known for being cantankerous, I wouldn't kick him out of bed for eating crisps!"
Lisa Fitzpatrick, Stylist
"I find it very attractive when a man holds the door open for me, helps me put on my coat, is interested in my opinion and makes me laugh.
"I always love hearing a guy talk about his wife and children. As a stylist, I also like a well dressed man. I fancy Piers Morgan -- but I married the man I fancy the most!"