The Irish poet W.B. Yeats once said, "Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire."

As we prepare for St. Patrick's Day, we can think of no better way of lighting your fire than by thatching up a collection of ten of the sweetest Celtic cuties we could find. Check out our gallery and then vote for one of your favorites below.

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Although new to fame, Vanessa Hudgens has already managed to have two nudity scandals, one with naked photographs, one of the video variety. She is one-fourth Irish and also part Spanish, Chinese, Native American and Filipino.

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Mischa Barton is probably most famous for her DUIs and role as a lesbian bad-girl on "The O.C." She is half-Irish and half-English, which explains her love of Guinness and desire to colonize the entire world.

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Kristen Bell is the Irish-American pixie and certified nerd-babe from "Veronica Mars." Bell went to a Catholic high school (where she was voted best looking) before going to to NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she wasn't.

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Samantha Mumba is a Grammy-nominated Irish singer (her father is Zambian, hence the Mumba).

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A former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker is now a newspaper columnist and an aspiring novelist. A petition was started online titled "Amanda Brunker is a Cow" after Amanda referred to the people of Dungarvan as "Clannish Yokels." It's received 94 signatures.

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Voted Miss Ireland in 2004, Natasha Ni Gairbheith was the first Miss Ireland to be fluent in Irish. That's right, Irish, a little known Goidelic language spoken in her hometown of Gweedare on the northwest coast of Donegal. We know what you're thinking and the answer is no, Gweedare isn't named after an Elvish city from "Lord of the Rings."

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Heather Graham has rarely spoken to her Irish Catholic parents since roller skating naked in "Boogie Nights," and her career has also been pretty quiet as of late. However, if her upcoming science-fiction romantic comedy about teleportation, "HaveDreams, Will Travel" features plenty of naked teleportation, it might just be a hit.

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Andrea Corr is the former frontwoman for The Corrs, the band that featured upbeat Celtic rock, her two hot sisters, and the always-ignored brother Jim. Her struggling solo career proves Irish-folk pop is only tolerable when there are at least three good-looking women playing the fiddle. One, it seems, just won't do.

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With a name like "Kathy Ireland," you would have to assume this California-born model and entrepreneur has Irish heritage in her family somewhere. Her design and fashion company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, is now a billion-dollar business. But for those not interested in Ireland's taste in home furnishings, it's her three Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition covers that will stand the test of time.

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Sile Seoige is an Irish television presenter famous in the Emerald Isle for covering the St. Patrick's Day parade and hosting several shows you've never heard of. She also once appeared on a late-night Irish chat show hosted by two puppets, who asked her if she took baths with her sister. Classy.

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Who is the hottest Irish lass?
Lucy Lawless158 (6.4%)
Anne Hathaway271 (10.9%)
Mairead Nesbitt 153 (6.2%)
Drew Barrymore 130 (5.2%)
Jennifer Connelly423 (17.0%)
Katherine Heigle234 (9.4%)
Alyson Hannigan252 (10.2%)
Vanessa Hudgens535 (21.6%)
Andrea Corr140 (5.6%)
Kathy Ireland185 (7.5%)