Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

25 most eligible single males in Northern Ireland

25: Liam McKenna (29)
Tv presenter
Lovely Liam began his showbiz career in the pop band Six alongside a certain Nadine Coyle (pre-Girls Aloud). When Six disbanded the Tyrone hottie moved to Dublin where he landed a job on Irish digital music channel Bubble Hits, regularly travelling to LA to interview stars like 50 Cent and The Pussycat Dolls. The 29-year-old is Louis Walsh’s right-hand man behind the scenes on The X Factor and is also tour manager for Jedward — but we won’t hold that against him.
24: David O'Reilly (31)
Tv presenter and DJ
He’s the cool, Converse-trainer wearing presenter who knows a thing or two about music. Newcastle-born David, better known as Rigsy to his friends, is the host of Radio Ulster’s award-winning music show Across The Line and co-presenter of the television programme of the same name. He also has a regular spot as DJ at the Stiff Kitten nightclub in Belfast, where he has picked up a very loyal — but mostly female — following.
1. Graeme McDowell
Champion golfer
It will come as no surprise to most that Graeme McDowell is our number one male. This has been the year of G-Mac — so it was a fairly easy selection, although there were one or two other contenders who gave him a run for his money. Attractive, wealthy and hugely successful, the Portrush man is the golf hero who won the 2010 US Open and helped Europe to claim the Ryder Cup. Graeme may live a lavish lifestyle, travelling to exotic locations and staying in five-star hotels, but the 31-year-old remains grounded and is still very close to his mum and dad. And although he owns a plush home in Florida, Graeme keeps a seafront apartment in his home town, which he tries to get back to as often as possible. This international sports star deserves his place at the top of our leaderboard.

The Belfast Telegraph has teamed up with PR boss Cathy Martin, model agent Alison Campbell and male stylist Jason Shankey to compile a list of Northern Ireland’s most eligible male singletons.

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What the panel said about our winners

Alison Campbell

Model agent

We think our list had a good mix of contenders and because everyone on the panel comes from different backgrounds we all brought something different to the table. Melanie is an inspirational and dedicated young woman and Graeme is a sports idol.

Cathy Martin

Public relations boss

We had quite a bit of fun mulling over all the names. It was a mixture of suggestions from friends and family as well as our own thoughts, but it wasn’t easy — we didn’t always agree and discussions got quite heated at times as we had different views on what made a person eligible. However, it was all very light-hearted in the end, and we’d hope that is the spirit in which the readers take it. I certainly had a few ‘what if..?’ moments!

Jason Shankey

Grooming expert

When we started putting the list together we’d no idea how much interest it would provoke. It just goes to show that there are plenty of attractive, interesting, successful singletons out there.

Maureen Coleman

Showbiz correspondent

Drawing up our singletons list was pretty challenging but we’re happy with the outcome. Graeme and Melanie are worthy winners — but we unearthed some great wee gems in people like pharmacist Peter McKee and magazine editor Laure James.

Related: 25 most eligible females

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