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