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The Ascent of the Irish Beautiful People
By now, most of our readers will be familiar with the poll published earlier this year by MissTravel.com ranking Irishmen as the sexiest nationality on the planet. Undoubtedly, we owe a debt of gratitude to Messieurs Dornan and Farrell for this remarkable achievement, but the poll-topping escapades of the Irish complement a growing tide of support at home and abroad to recognize Irish beauty in all its wonderful guises.
Keen to seize our moment in the sun, IrishEmpire.org has compiled a unanimous list of nine unbeatable reasons explaining just why the Irish truly are the best catches around. Discover the ingredients of the Irish secret sauce for romance.
I: Legendary Sense of Humor
Dry Irish humor can slice and dice any conversation like a Samurai sword. Characterized by an insatiable appetite for playfulness and self-deprecation, it often seems that deadpan jokes and witty sarcasm have been hardwired into Irish DNA. What sets the Irish jester apart from the rest is a willingness to become the butt of the joke. The following clip is a perfect example of the Irish wholeheartedly embracing national stereotypes in pursuit of a few giggles.
II: Fiery Temperaments
Admirers of synchronized swans and matching couple outfits please beware! If your heart is set on a romantic echo chamber to mirror your every emotion and opinion, it’s probably best to steer clear of the Irish. Fiery temperaments and independent mindsets are the norm. For those who like a little wasabi in their bowl, you won’t be disappointed by the adventurous spirit and unpredictability of Irish hormones.
Conor McGregor is an Irish human dynamo revered for his fiery temperament and impulsivity.
III: Voices of Angels
Music and song are part and parcel of every culture around the world. When it comes to the Irish, you won’t need much cajoling to persuade the inner Celtic entertainer to step into the limelight. You’ll be serenaded by songs from the church to the pub to the taxi ride home. The standard Irish repertoire has songs and hymns for every occasion imaginable.
There’s just no telling when the parish priest might perform a Leonard Cohen cameo in Ireland.
IV: Twinkle-Toed Dancers
The Irish are renowned all over the world for fancy footwork, silky steps and gyrating jigs so dating green is a no-brainer for anybody keen on learning to move like Jagger. Practice makes perfect but all those hours spent in front of the mirror will count for little if you’re not willing to exhibit your moves in the public arena. This clip shows the kind of freestyle bravado you’ll need to make your mark on an Irish sweetheart.
Spring-heeled taxi drivers prowl the streets eager to strike a balance between work and play.
V: Sporting Spirit
From rugby legends to UFC champions and GAA warriors, the legendary fighting Irish spirit has always been a springboard for sporting excellence. For anybody dating Irish, it means you can expect plenty of tenacity, perseverance and heart through the good times and the bad. Biting off more than you can chew is always a concern but the upshot is that you’ll bag a soulmate ready to fight your corner for life.
Irish rugby’s Brian O’Driscoll exemplifies the never-say-die fighting Irish spirit.
VI: Unabashed Honesty
Being honest is a necessary sacrifice for any self-respecting Irishman hoping to escape the clutches of hell and parochial penance. The ability to be frank and brutally honest may not be the most attractive feature of going green but it does guarantee an unprecedented level of authenticity for your relationships. Dating somebody who shoots from the hip allows you to take the temperature of your relationship and gain non-sugar-coated insights into what really matters on a day-to-day basis.
This sharp-tongued Irish grandmother gives an absolute masterclass in calling a spade a spade.
VII: Abundance of Redheads
Apart from our Celtic cousins in Scotland, you’ll be hard pressed to find such a glorious abundance of the world’s rarest hair color as in Ireland. IrishEmpire.org doesn’t endorse promiscuity but Ireland may just be the promised land for anybody with dating a ravenous redhead on their bucket list. You can even meet fellow enthusiasts and potential soulmates at Crosshaven’s annual Redhead Convention.
Around 10% of the Irish population have distinctive red, auburn, or strawberry blond hair.
VIII: Weekend Warriors
Saint Patrick’s Day comes but once a year and that’s more than enough for most people. However, socialites, bon vivants, and night owls can soak up the Emerald Isle’s extraordinary carnival atmosphere all year round by snagging an Irish admirer. The Irish like to work hard and play even harder. The reward is an all-access pass to revelry, merriment and vibrant nightlife on your doorstep.
The Irish follow Oscar Wilde’s philosophy of consuming everything in moderation, including moderation.
IX: Catholic Guilt
Despite the steady decline of the clergy’s influence, Ireland remains a staunchly Catholic country. Being steeped in the traditions of the church, even the most secular of the Irish bear all the hallmarks of religious schooling and moral teachings. The key takeaway here is that if you’re in the market for a God-fearing partner with strong family values and a compassionate outlook on life, going green should be your first port of call. Of course, we also have the capacity to take our upbringing with a healthy pinch of salt.