Britain's most influential: McIlroy, Horan and Norton make the list

Britain's most influential: McIlroy, Horan and Norton make the list

RORY McIlroy, Niall Horan and Graham Norton have been named amongst the most influential people in Britain.

The golfer, One Direction star and television presenter have all made the 500-strong list, compiled by lifestyle brand Debrett's.

They find themselves ranked alongside the likes of Prince Charles, Richard Branson and David Attenborough on the self-entitled "barometer for outstanding achievement in modern Britain".

The Debrett's 500 covers 24 sectors, including sport, education and journalism.

Newcomer McIlroy, has "begun to deliver on his early promise to deserve comparison with the all-time greats of the golfing world,” according to the list makers.

Mullingar-native Horan, who has achieved international acclaim with One Direction, was credited for the first time alongside his British band members for their "fresh-faced fervour" and for bringing about "the resurgence in popularity for the boy band phenomenon".

"Having embarked on their biggest ever tour in 2014, over 3.4 million fans witnessed the five perform, and they brought out another movie and released new album 'Four'," it added.

In addition, Cork-native Graham Norton made the cut for a second time.

According to Debrett's, Norton was "one of the most recognisable comedy presenters on British television and radio".

"Born a Protestant in a largely Catholic Ireland at the height of the Troubles, Norton has described feeling out of place whilst growing up.

"After dropping out of University College Cork, he took his comedy/drag act to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival before making his broadcasting debut on BBC Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' in the early 1990s."

Partially sighted alpine skier Kelly Gallagher, the first athlete from Northern Ireland to compete in the Winter Paralympics in 2014, was another new entrant on the list.