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Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 03/17/2010

Irish celebrities to party with on St. Patrick's Day

By Jen Chaney

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we bring you this guest post from Sarah Anne Hughes, intern and Young Celebritologist -- you know, sort of like the Young Indiana Jones -- who writes about the famous people she'd like to hang out with on this greenest of green days.

Having turned 21 last September, today marks my first opportunity to officially celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And by officially, I mean, an evening’s worth of beer-drinking, pub-crawling, blarney-stone-kissing shenanigans.

Which got me to thinking: who among the rich-and-famous set would make the best companion as I venture into the realm of St. Patty’s revelry? Here are the five notable Emerald Isle-related celebrities that -- with a little luck of the Irish -- I would be thrilled to stand beside while celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day.

Would you spend St. Patrick's Day with this man? Because we totally would. (Peter Kramer/AP)

Colin Farrell:While this Irish bad boy has reportedly given up the bottle – a very responsible decision on his part – he still has the past St. Patrick’s Day experience and Irish street cred I lack. Between Farrell’s knowledge of the inside of a pub and his ability to be the designated driver, he'd make an extremely worthy companion.

Bono: Okay, so Bono can get a little preachy at times. But the front man of the Dublin foursome U2 has never forgotten where he came from, even with all his focus on saving the world. Spending Ireland’s most widely celebrated holiday with a modern-day saint sounds as good to me as his band’s music.

Joe Quimby: Senator Ted Kennedy is sadly no longer with us. But we’ll always have "Diamond Joe" Quimby, the cartoon mayor from "The Simpsons" that's based loosely on the late politician. (And yes, I know it's hard to hang out in real life with an animated character, but just roll with the fantasy.) The bumbling public official with the Boston-Irish accent is known for his philandering, boozing and debauchery, three things that would usually be turn-offs. But since I’d be spending St. Patrick’s Day in the fictional world of Springfield, I think I could make an exception.

George Clooney:
The Oscar winner/dreamboat’s Irish roots can be traced back to his paternal great-grandparents, who emigrated from Ireland to the U.S. Judging from Clooney’s allegedly grouchy (or perhaps tipsy?) appearance at the Academy Awards, this Irish-Catholic salt-and-pepper-haired fox either needs to unwind or already knows how to. Either way, I'm there.

Conan O’Brien: I’m on Team Coco and proud of it. In addition to that red hair, almost translucent skin and extremely Irish last name, this comedian – who for legal reasons can’t be funny on TV at the moment – has the exact sort of sarcastic energy I need on this high-spirited holiday. Other Conan bonuses: the massive amount of free time currently on his hands (see Twitter account), his lack of anywhere urgent to be (at least until his tour begins) and his desire to honor his Irish roots (see video below). While Conan’s banishment from late night is bad news for comedy lovers, it’s good news for anyone in need of a hilarious St. Patty’s Day partner.

Now it's your turn. Which Irish celebrity would you want to spend St. Patrick’s Day with? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sarah Anne Hughes, a spring semester intern for The Washington Post Web site, comes from a long line of proud, partly Irish people.

By Jen Chaney  | March 17, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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The ghost of Phil Lynott, that's who I'd want to hang with.

Posted by: gmart68b | March 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's a team that would test your mettle(wouldn't want to be stuck with the bar tab, however.) John C Reilly, Dennis Leary, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke.

Posted by: molsonmich | March 17, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Flautist James Galway.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

How can I beat the Clooney-Conan one-two punch? What an evening that would be! Throw in a Red Setter and a green hackney carriage and we've got ourselves a sequel to The Hangover.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | March 17, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Conjure the ghost of Richard Harris, and you''ll have a night of drunken debauchery, punctuated by at least three fights, one of which might turn into a hockey game.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 17, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

why, Young Indiana Jones himself: Sean Patrick Flannery. And tonight I'll be doing the next best thing by watching the awesomely over-the-top-ly silly Boondocks Saints 2

Posted by: dmwk1 | March 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Bond. James Bond. (Pierce Brosnan)

Posted by: hodie | March 17, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Shane Macgowan.

NSFW language at the beginning of the vid:

Posted by: wadejg | March 17, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

For the hotness factor, how about Jonathan Rhys Myers? We know he has a great body - we've seen it on The Tudors - and we know he likes to party! And I wouldn't mind looking into those eyes all night, either. Just don't get on an airplane....

Posted by: lydandy | March 17, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

No particular partners to mention just a word of caution....I've kissed the Blarney Stone, and trust me, you don't want to do it after pub crawling and beer drinking. Save it and have a St Patricks Day, part 2.
Slainte to one an all!!!!

Posted by: irishone | March 17, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Sinead O'Connor

Posted by: reddragon1 | March 17, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

irishone, who held your feet?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | March 17, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Why, Barack O'Bama, of course. (Google the YouTube video yourselves...)

Posted by: kbockl | March 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Sinead O'Connor

Ooooh, I bet she'd give the Irish clergy hierarchy what-for over those child-abuse cases. I'd pay to see that!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 17, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Sas - some tiny little irishman who I didn't really feel was qualified! It was my first real contortionist experience. But well worth the visit..

Posted by: irishone | March 18, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I would like to spend it with Sarah. She sounds like a blast!
- Tribee

Posted by: LoveIB | March 18, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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