Three years ago on St. Patrick’s Day we presented ten Irish men we’d love to share a shamrock shake with, and the list (Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Bono, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Stuart Townsend, Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Cillian Murphy, Daniel-Day Lewis, and Ronan Keating) turned out to be a “Greatest Hits” of irish hotness.
We thought it was time for an update, so we’re giving you ten more Irish guys we’d love to go brogue with! Okay, that was terrible, but don’t let that stop you from perusing these pots o’ gold!
On our first list we featured hot Irish boybander Ronan Keating, which was a difficult decision considering there are approximately 1,753 hot Irish boybanders.
For instance, Westlife singer Mark Feehily, who’s not only hot and Irish, but openly gay, and engaged to Kevin McDaid, who is also hot, a former boybander, but strangely … not Irish.
If they gave out an award for “best vampire hair,” Being Human’s Aidan Turner would definitely be nominated, along with Alexander Skarsgard, Lauren Hutton, and winner Grace Jones. But he and co-star Russell Tovey definitely take the prize for TV’s most naked bromance.
Aidan will be filming The Hobbit soon, which means he’ll definitely be in the running for “hottest Middle-Earther.”
Peter Gallagher has been acting for over 30 years on TV and in films, but to us he’ll always be the star of one of the great guilty pleasures of the 80’s, Summer Lovers. While he may be in his mid-50’s now, and the caterpillar over his eyes long ago spun into a gray cocoon, he hasn’t lost any of his hotness.
John and Edward Grimes made a huge impression on X Factor two years ago, and in the twink of an eye became an international phenomenon. The young twins (don’t worry, they turn 20 this year) may have limited skills, but they’re having a great time.
We first noticed adorkable Colin Morgan when he appeared as gay son John on The Catherine Tate Show (what of it?), but it’s his role as the long-suffering Merlin that put us under his spell.
Dónal Óg Cusack
When Dónal Óg Cusack came out a year-and-a-half ago, we were delighted, not only because an athlete still active in his sport made that courageous decision, but because it introduced us to the wonderful sport of hurling (which turned out was different than the hurling that goes on after AfterElton staff “meetings.”)
Jonas Armstrong first pierced our hearts when he played the title role in the BBC series Robin Hood, but he really made our arrows quiver when he bared all in the film adaptation of Clive Barker’s Book of Blood.
We’ve always had a thing for scruffy gingers (i.e. Jesse Tyler Ferguson), and Glen Hansard sang his way into our hearts with his Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly” from the film Once.
Despite the name, Celtic Thunder is not a strip troupe, but five men (who range in age from 18 to 42) who perform solo and ensemble numbers, and as you can see from the picture above, end each show with synchronized pocket pool.
Remember this face, because you’re going to be seeing a lot of Michael Fassbender. He’s starring as the young Magneto in the new X-Men film, and then he’ll be wielding a sword in the remake of Excalibur. Maybe you recognize him from his award-winning turn as Bobby Sands in Hunger, or as Stelios in 300, but his star is continuing to rise rapidly.
Okay, there’s our second round of Irish hotness. Who would you like to add?