10 Hottest Irish Hunks For St. Patrick's Day

10 Hottest Irish Hunks For St. Patrick's Day
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To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, we thought we'd take a moment to honor some of Ireland's hottest celebs. So, pour yourself a pint of Guinness and raise your glass to these sexy lads!

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1. Pierce Brosnan (pictured) - Pierce is no stranger to sexy lists; last year he was crowned the sexiest Irish star in a national UK poll. The diverse actor has won over generations of female fans, with his portrayal of the dashing '80s detective Remington Steele and as the hottest James Bond ever throughout the '90s and '00s. And now that he's appearing in Remember Me as Robert Pattinson's father, he may steal some Twihard hearts!

2. Colin Farrell - Jeff Bridges' Crazy Heart co-star became a major Hollywood player and sex symbol in 2002, when he appeared alongside Tom Cruise in Minority Report and as the lead in Phone Booth. Recently, Colin's traded in his bad boy image to settle down with partner Alicja Bachleda-Curu and become a better dad to his two sons—five-month-old Henry and six-year-old James (from a previous relationship). Bad boy, good guy—does it matter? Colin's hot either way!

3. A.J. Buckley (pictured) - A.J. is best known for his role as the quirky lab tech Adam Ross on C.S.I.: NY, but he's also recognized by TV audiences as the cute, scruffy guy who's shown up on Supernatural, Bones and Entourage. Since he and his parents immigrated to Canada when he was six, A.J. only has a slight hint of an Irish brogue...but that doesn't make him any less sexy! 

4. Jonathan Rhys Meyers - This 32-year-old actor with the piercing blue eyes first caught our attention as an androgynous glam rocker (who got to make out with the sexiest Scotsman, Ewan McGregor, no less) in Velvet Goldmine and has continued to delight us with his scarily intense potrayals of a cheating husband in Match Point and the sex and power hungry Henry VIII in Showtime's The Tudors.

5. Larry Mullen, Jr. - Even though Bono is the media magnet, U2's shy founder and drummer has kept the beat and our attention for the last 30 years. Also going strong after 30 years is Larry's relationship with high school sweetheart Anne Acheson, with whom he has three children. Wow, a famous rocker who stays true to his childhood girlfriend? Swoon.

6. Stuart Townsend - Although he's appeared in the popular films Queen of the Damned and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Stuart is best known as Charlize Theron's boyfriend. However, Charlize reportedly broke up with Stuart late last year, so he's up for grabs, ladies! 

7. Nicky Byrne - Nicky, a former footballer, is the oldest and cutest (we think) member of the Simon Cowell-created boy band Westlife. Nicky is married to his childhood sweetheart, with whom he has twin sons.

8. Gabriel Byrne - No relation to Nicky, this well-known and respected actor has an impressive list of films under his belt. He first won audiences over with his portrayal of a gangster in Miller's Crossing, and has continued to draw us in with a wide range of characters: Winona Ryder's shy, sensitive love interest in Little Women, the crook trying to go straight in The Usual Suspects, and his Golden Globe-winning role as a psychotherapist on HBO's In Treatment.

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9. Damien Rice - A one-time street performer, Damien has always enjoyed more popularity in his native Ireland. But the intense, brooding folk-rocker gained a loyal American following when his debut album, O, was released here in 2003. Although we haven't heard much from him in the last several years, his tragic love song "The Blower's Daughter" (featured in the Jude Law/Julia Roberts film Closer) has kept him on our "sexy" radar.

10. Liam Neeson - Whether as the sensitive single dad in Love, Actually, the evil villain in Batman Begins, or the historical hero of Schindler's List, Liam has always wowed us with his great acting chops and rugged good looks.

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