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Terry is voted 'cooler' than Colin in poll on Irish celebrities

Broadcaster Terry Wogan has been voted the coolest Irish celebrity in a poll of the British public to mark St Patrick's Day.

The veteran television and radio show host beat competition for the top spot from Hollywood stars Pierce Brosnan and Colin Farrell with more than a fifth of the vote (22pc).

The 71-year-old Limerick man stood down from his BBC Radio 2 morning show last year to the disappointment of his eight million listeners.

James Bond star Brosnan (17pc), from Co Meath, was voted second-coolest Irish celebrity followed by Dublin-born Farrell (13pc), best known for his hellraiser reputation and roles in Minority Report, Phone Booth and In Bruges.

Christine Bleakley, the Co Down-born presenter of the BBC's The One Show, scored fourth place (6pc), while actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and singer Andrea Corr (4pc) came in joint fifth.

They were followed in joint seventh place by music impresario Louis Walsh and rugby international Brian O'Driscoll (3pc), while Derry's Nadine Coyle (2pc), of Girls Aloud fame, and Walsh's X-Factor protege Jedward (1pc) completed the top 10.