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Rory Flanagan
General Information
Gender: Male
Age: 15-16
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 6'0"
Occupations: Transfer Student from Ireland
Aliases: Ireland, Pixie Boy, Great Gazoo Kid, potato eating poser,pet Irish
Rory Leprechaun
(Brittany, Santana)
(Hockey Team, Artie)
Family & Friends
Family: Unnamed Mother

Unnamed Father
Seamus Flanagan (Brother)

Relationships: Sugar Motta (presumed girlfriend)

Brittany Pierce (ex-crush, host family)

Friends: Sugar Motta
Finn Hudson
Brittany Pierce
Kurt Hummel
Sam Evans
Tina Cohen-Chang
Quinn Fabray
Noah Puckerman
Rachel Berry
Santana Lopez
Blaine Anderson
Artie Abrams
Joe Hart
Mike Chang
Mercedes Jones
Enemies: Hockey Team
Rick Nelson
Other Information
Interests: NASCAR, Barack Obama, Victoria Secret Catalogs, U2, and Singing
Clique: New Directions
Education: William McKinley High School
Talent: Singing
Vulnerabilities: Naivety
Lack of knowledge about America
Strengths: Bass-baritone type voice, falsetto voice
Series Information
First episode: Pot O' Gold
Last episode: Goodbye
Portrayer: Damian McGinty

Sam Evans (Tina's Dream)

Rory Flanagan is a recurring character on the Fox TV show Glee. He was an Irish exchange student who attended his sophomore-year at William McKinley High School. The last time we saw Rory he was currently residing with the family of Brittany Pierce. He is introduced in Pot o' Gold, the fourth episode of the third season and was a member of the New Directions.

Rory Flanagan is portrayed by The Glee Project co-winner Damian McGinty.


Season Three

Pot O' Gold

Rory makes his first appearance in Pot O' Gold. He is an Irish foreign exchange student with an accent, who has been living with Brittany (whom he appears to have a crush on her and wants to get her "Pot of gold") who believes he is a leprechaun. Rory is shown to be incredibly naive about America, expecting it to be like an idealized country; instead, he is constantly pushed around and insulted by the jocks at McKinley for everything from his accent to his clothes. Rory's first song on the show is a dream-sequence rendition of the classic Kermit the Frog's song Bein' Green. Throughout the episode, Rory, in the hope of finally losing his virginity, pretends to be a real leprechaun and "grant" Brittany's wishes as she has promised him that after she gets three wishes fulfilled, she will let him into her "Pot of Gold". Brittany's first wish is to get a Lucky Charms box of cereal with only marshmallows in it.

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Rory and Brittany

Rory is later in an empty classroom sorting thorough 3 boxes of Lucky Charms cereal for marshmallows. For Brittany's second wish, she wants Lord Tubbington, her cat, to poop chocolate bars. Rory sneaks into Brittany's room and places chocolate bars into Lord Tubbington's litter box. Brittany walks in as Rory finishes settling the candy in the box. Brittany asks how he got into her room and Rory responds, "I just blinked." Brittany finds the chocolate bars, and, delighted, she splits it in half and she and Rory enjoy it together. Brittany's last wish was never made since Finn told her to "grow up" and she no longer believed in leprechauns. Rory admires Finn, whom he recognizes from an online video of him kissing Rachel at last year's Nationals. Rory soon manages to awkwardly befriend Finn. Afraid that he will steal Brittany, Santana intimidates Rory into convincing Brittany to follow Santana in defecting from New Directions into rival glee club The Troubletones, which leads to a confrontation in the halls between Finn and Brittany which disillusions Brittany. After being saved by Finn from the bullies, Rory follows him and joins New Directions, singing Take Care Of Yourself. His performance is generally well-received, Rachel even describing it as "magical", although when Rory displays that he can also achieve an impressive falsetto, Kurt is visibly disturbed and possibly jealous as this was previously a skill he held over the other kids.

The First Time

Rory is seen playing Indio in West Side Story; his accent makes him quite distinctive - Coach Beiste, one of the directors, remarks that she had to work hard with him.

Mash Off

He walks in the halls with Finn, and they see Santana. Rory tries to help Finn get back at Santana for trashtalking him, but Santana only says "that is the lamest thing I didn't understand a word of" and Brittany agrees. Finn lets Rory have a solo in I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams to prepare him for Sectionals although Rory feels he isn't ready for that "honor". He plays dodgeball along with the rest of New Directions and The Troubletones, though he didn't know what dodgeball was. Once the game had ended, Santana and some of the Troubletones ganged up on and viciously flew dodgeballs at him, causing to his nose to bleed. He is comforted by Kurt when this occurs. Later, Rory stood up for Finn when Santana called his names.

I Kissed a Girl

He makes brief appearances during the New Directions' girl's performance of I Kissed a Girl and also during Santana's Constant Craving. He is seen shocked when Rachel announced she stuffed the ballot box in Kurt's favor and is banned from competing in Sectionals.

Hold on to Sixteen

He seems to enjoy Sam's performance of Red Solo Cup with the rest of New Directions' members. He also practices choreography with the New Directions for Sectionals. When Puck says they need more girls in order to win, he agrees and make a brief comment about the situation which leads to Sam's idea of using the boys' "sex appeal" in their choreography. He then goes on to actually perform with the New Directions at Sectionals and makes a few appearances as a back-up dancer. During Glee club's performance of We Are Young, Brittany and Rory are shown to be hugging and being friendly with each other. However, it is not known if they are have rebuilt their friendship and are back to being friends.

Extraordinary Merry Christmas

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Rory the Elf

Rory reveals that he is homesick, especially after his mother is now unable to come visit him over Christmas. He sings Blue Christmas and dedicates it to his family and 'the King', meaning Elvis. Sam invites him to spend Christmas with his family as he can relate to Rory spending time away from his. After Artie reveals what his Christmas special is going to be about, Sam says he doesn't want to have a part in it as he doesn't agree with not showing the sad and melancholy side of Christmas and asks Rory to leave with him. After seeing the expectant faces of the other glee club members, Rory stays to do the Christmas special. This reply makes Sam leave, disappointed, as he had expected Rory to understand his point of view of Christmas, especially as they had formed a bond over similar isolated feelings. During the special, Rory is supposed to read 'Frosty the Snowman' but ends up reading verses from the Bible about the birth of Jesus, revealing the true meaning of Christmas through his eyes. The reading urges the New Directions to not turn away from the sad and forlorn parts of Christmas and thus they show up at the homeless shelter to give a performance. During the song Rory is revealed to be reading to a group children. At the end of the episode Sam and Rory are collecting money for the Salvation Army, he asks Sam to be his Valentine's Day sponsor. Sam agrees, as long as Rory helps him with his impersonations.



Rory is with the New Directions boys as Sam sings Summer Nights, and Rory has two lines in this song. Besides this, Rory has very little time on screen. He is show walking down a hallway and grinning at Becky whilst she is thinking about boys who could be her boyfriend and Becky turns Rory down in her head saying he grins too much. He is later seen in the swimming pool performing We Found Love along with the rest of New Directions.


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Rory dancing in Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Rory is seen dancing to Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'. He is next seen in the choir then seen dancing during Bad. He is seen again when the New Directions find out the Warblers stole their setlist. He is last seen singing and dancing to Black or White.

The Spanish Teacher


Rory is seen dancing throughout the performance of Sexy and I Know It. He is then later seen watching Mercedes performance of Don't Wanna Lose You, and he then helps backup Sam in Bamboleo/Hero. Next, he appears when Coach Beiste is instructing the boys about the importance of cleaning their jockstraps and she uses Emma's pamphlets to help explain the concept to him and the other boys. His final appearance of the episode is him watching both David Martinez and Will perform, and seems to enjoy both of their songs



Rory makes his intention clear to take Sugar as his date to "Sugar Shack", clashing with Artie who had intended to to the same. Sugar herself can't decide which one to date, so Rory (just as Artie) tries to win her for himself. He makes her several presents over the course of the next day. At first he gives her a pack of heart-shaped sweets. Next, he presents her with a heart-shaped pillow embroidered with "Be Mine". Sugar, however, is more impressed by Artie's gift this time. At last, he gives her a living puppy, about which Sugar seems to be more happy than about Artie's toy-puppy. He, however, seems to lose her again

when Artie dedicates a song to Sugar. Rory decides to fight back in the same manner. He sings Home for Sugar, playing on his heart strings how his visa won't be extended and that he'll have to leave at the end of the year, and also how much he misses his family. He then asks Sugar to be his Valentine, which she accepts, as she feels pity.

They can be seen tightly embraced at Sugar's party on Valentine's day. Sugar expresses that she is going to miss Rory once he is deported. Rory awkwardly tells her not to worry about it, implying that he lied about getting deported. To this, she suggests that her father buys Ireland for him to stay which he giggles at.

On My Way

Mr. Schuester brings peanut butter for Rory to eat because he has never tried it before. Rory says that it is the best thing that he had ever tasted. When Mr. Schuester asks everyone what they are looking forward to in the future, Rory says that he is looking forward to winning Regionals. Later he is seen dancing to Fly/I Believe I Can Fly with the rest of New Directions and he is seen standing on the balcony with Finn during Here's To Us.

Big Brother

Rory is seen in the choir room during several occasions, for example, he is seen when Quinn and Artie are singing I'm Still Standing, and he attends all of the acting classes hosted by Cooper. During a conversation with Cooper Anderson, Rory asks if he has ever asked George Clooney, to which he responds that he hasn't, and both of them then get a picture together. He is seen next at Six Flags. Only weird thing is: In the song Up Up Up when the New Directions (minus Artie and Quinn) are in the rollercoaster he's not sitting next to Sugar but next to someone we don't know. Kurt is sitting next to Sugar in Six Flags. It is shown he and Sugar are still an item, due to the fact that he constantly has his arm around her throughout the episode.


He can be seen training in the weight room, when Finn comes in and announces that he wants to make Puck graduate. Rory then becomes part of the group that wants to try and bring Puck back to McKinley. When Finn explains his plan to the others, he gives Rory the task to just look out, to which Rory ask what, besides Puck, he should look out for. However, since the latter walks through the door that very second,this plan is never put into action. Rory then agrees to help Puck study for the test he needs to pass in order to graduate. He can be seen later on, obviously exhausted, studying with the others in the middle of the night. He burst into the performance of The Rain in Spain together with his friends as soon as Puck gets an answer right, and is also there to confront Puck after he wrote his test. And although Rory and Puck were never before shown to be friends, Puck thanks him just like he thanked the other New Directions Boys for being a positive role model and substitute dad to him. He is also seen dancing with Santana in Cell Block Tango.


In the choir room, Rory is spun around in a chair by Joe. He walks out of class with Joe and turns him around when he was staring at Quinn. At Prom, he performs What Makes You Beautiful with Mike, Sam, Artie, and Joe. Later, he dances with Brittany as Santana and Quinn sing Take My Breath Away and takes a picture with Joe and Artie on the dinosaur.


He can be seen discussing and practicing the New Directions' setlist. When asked, he says that he'd like to have a solo at Nationals before he has to go back to Ireland. He's also present making the costumes for his fellow glee-club members together with the other newbies, though he doesn't seem to be very good at it, because he cuts his finger. He takes the appearance of Sam in Tina's Dream.


He calms Sam down when Sam gets in a fight with Puck. He is one of the 6 who sing back up for Rachel in It's All Coming Back To Me Now. When the verdict is about to be announced he holds hands with Quinn. When they are announced as the winners he can be seen jumping with Kurt. When the ND get back to school with their National Championship Trophy, the school greeted them warmly, Rory is kissed by 2 school girls. He later sings back-up in We Are The Champions for Will with the rest of New Directions.


Together with the underclassmen and Will, Rory sings a tribute to Finn and the graduating seniors, singing In My Life. Rory is shown with the underclassmen, parents, and faculty at the graduation ceremony cheering on the graduates. He is last seen among the group waving goodbye to Rachel as she heads for New York.


At first glance, Rory appears to be very calculating, especially when it comes to girls, since he tried to manipulate Brittany into sleeping with him. He also either lied about being deported at the end of the school year, or used the fact in order to win Sugar Motta as his "Valentine's Date".

Most of the time he seems to be friendly, however, making an effort to befriend his fellow glee-club members and being grateful every time someone approaches him. He even sort of looked up to Finn and Sam after they tried to become his friends.

Rory appears to be rather naïve due to his lack of knowledge about the life in America, which became apparent when he asked Finn to become his friend, though it isn't the way here. This could be culture shock, although it's implied that he was socially awkward before arriving in America.

He also appears to have little self-esteem, since Santana had an easy time threatening him and declined having a solo in the Mash-Off at first, since he thought he wasn’t ready for it yet.


Brittany Pierce

Main article: Brittany-Rory Relationship

Brittany's family is Rory's host family during his stay in America. Brittany, at first, thinks that Rory is a leprechaun, and asks him to grant her three wishes. He tries to make these wishes happen, because he hopes that she will sleep with him as a reward. However, before Rory can make all the things Brittany wishes happen, Santana convinces Brittany that Rory is only pretending to be a leprechaun, which leads to Rory ultimately being rejected by her.

Sugar Motta

Main article: Sugar-Rory Relationship
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Rory and Artie competing for Sugar Motta in Heart

In Heart, Rory announces that he plans to make Sugar his valentine's date for her own party, taking himself on with Artie who has a crush on Sugar himself. After he and Artie try to outmatch each other several times, Rory moans how much he misses his family, but how he's sad that he won't be able to spend the rest of his schooldays at McKinley. Sugar then feels really sorry for him and becomes his girlfriend, though, unbeknownst to Sugar, the whole thing was just a ploy.

Sam Evans

Main article: Sam-Rory Relationship

In Extraordinary Merry Christmas, Sam and Rory bond over the fact that they miss their respective families. At first, Sam is saddened when Rory chooses to stick with Artie and his ideas about Christmas. Ultimately, Rory convinces the New Directions to join Sam in the homeless shelter. They further bond talking about there families while collecting donations for the Salvation Army. In Heart, Rory implies that Sam would be one of the many people he would miss upon getting deported.



Season Three:

Solos (In a Group Number)

Season 3



Solos with

America The First Time Puck, Santana, Tina and Mike
I Can't Go For That/You Make My Dreams Mash Off Finn, Quinn and Tina
Summer Nights Yes/No Sam , Mercedes, Sugar, Tina, Puck, Finn, Kurt and Santana
What Makes You Beautiful Prom-asaurus Sam, Artie, Joe and Mike
In My Life Goodbye Tina, Sugar, Artie, Joe, Sam and Blaine


  • Damian McGinty originally only won 7 episodes on Glee. However, his contract was extended until the end of the season three.
  • In the scene where he is sorting Lucky Charms with Finn Hudson, he can be seen with what appears to be a Claddagh ring on his right hand. Worn as his is, on the right hand with the heart pointing outwards toward the fingertip, would imply that Rory is not romantically involved at that point. (Pot O' Gold)
  • He was a still virgin up to and in the episode, Pot O' Gold.
  • Brittany Pierce said she thought Rory wasn't speaking English because she couldn't understand him (Pot O' Gold). However, it is unclear whether it was a joke or a fact.
  • He wouldn't say that the band "U2" is overrated, even when being threatened to do so. (Pot O' Gold)
  • He uses the slang word "snog" for "kiss". (Pot O' Gold)
  • He's implied to be Catholic after mentioning that he goes to Mass in Pot O' Gold, and after reading from the Bible in Extraordinary Merry Christmas.
  • His ability to do falsetto is described as "magical" by Rachel Berry. (Pot O' Gold)
  • He thought "trash talk" means discussing about trash until Mash Off. Santana Lopez insults 'Rory's insult to her', by saying that "it's the lamest thing she didn't understand", due to his accent. (Mash Off)
  • He thinks girls smell better than ham. (Hold on to Sixteen)
  • He has a brother named Seamus (pronounced "Shay-mus") who often gets lost and wears a bell around his neck for that reason. (Extraordinary Merry Christmas)
  • He suggested soil as a Christmas gift to Finn, one of the many Irish stereotypes surrounding his character. (Extraordinary Merry Christmas)
  • He spent his first Christmas without his family in Extraordinary Merry Christmas.
  • Just like Artie, both of them have had a crush on Brittany and Sugar. (Heart)
  • He thinks that women are into accents. (Heart)
  • He had never tried peanut butter until On My Way. This part of the plot was most likely taken from the fact that before getting his role on Glee, Damian had never tried peanut butter.
  • Despite being a sophomore, he still joined Senior Ditch Day in season three with his fellow Glee club's members. (Big Brother)
  • He asks Cooper Anderson about George Clooney so he could be a Clooney fan. He may also be following Cooper on Twitter, because he is a Cooper fan. (Big Brother)
  • He seems to understand the difference between a shrub and a bush. (Choke)
  • He, Sugar, Brittany and Joe are the only current members of New Directions to have not been slushied on screen.
  • He and Joe are the only members of New Directions who have never lost in a competition.
  • He and Joe are the only current members who have never had a solo part or a solo song at a competition. However, at Nationals in the season three episode Nationals, he is credited as harmonizing in It's All Coming Back To Me Now.
  • In Season 3, either he or Joe are the youngest members of the New Direction because they are both sophomores. Sugar might be a candidate for this position as well since her grade level is unclear.
  • Rory in Irish means famous ruler of red and red is also Damian McGinty's favorite color. This often shown as he can be seen a red shirt other than a traditional green shirt, playing on the Irish stereotype.
  • He is usually seen wearing a wallet chain on his jeans and clashing shirts tucked into his trousers.
  • Unlike Damian McGinty, who is Northern-Irish, Rory is from the Republic of Ireland.
  • Since his first appearance, he has been absent for two episodes: Saturday Night Glee-ver and Dance With Somebody, Damian McGinty later confirmed that he was out sick.
  • He deems most male members of New Directions as cool, including Finn as shown in Pot O' Gold and Mash Off, Sam in Extraordinary Merry Christmas and Puck in Heart.
  • He is the only member of the New Directions to have been in a winning Glee Club for all 3 competitions in a row in his first year of competing.
  • Rory sings the most out of all characters portrayed by The Glee Project (Season 1) contestants.
  • At the end of season 3, it is still unknown if his visa story is true or not (due to the fact that it seems he said it just to get Sugar to be his date) However, it's probably true, since he's not coming back for Season 4 (possibly returning in the thanksgiving episode.) Source


  • Sugar and Rory dancing in Heart
  • Flanamotta in the Sugar Shack
  • Sugar saying that she will miss him when he goes back to Ireland
  • Sugar saying that maybe her dad could buy Ireland
  • Rory giving her a 'Kiss me' heart
  • Sugar receiving a bag full of hearts
  • Them laughing in Heart
  • Sugar showing Artie the bag of hearts
  • Rory giving her a dog in Heart
  • Rory giving her a BE MINE heart right before Artie gets her confetti
  • Confetti Artie gave her
  • Rory and Sugar dancing together in Yes/No
  • Rory giving her a BE MINE
  • Rory laughing
  • Sugar asking him out
  • Sugar coming back into New Directions
  • Sugar says she would kill her self if a picture like that was leaked and Rory says twice to make sure in On My Way
  • Sugar and Rory sitting in front of Tina and Mike and Blaine and Kurt in Big Brother.
  • Rory looking at Sugar
  • Sugar in the Sugar Shack
  • After Brittany says Kurt is the most unicorn of them all
  • Flanamotta hugging
  • Flanamotta smiling at each other
  • Sugar spraying champagne over Rory, this could be pay back for the girls kissing him
  • Sugar spraying champagne
  • Singing In My Life looking at each other and Sugar has her arm round him
  • Sugary during "I'm Still Standing" performance
  • Sam and Rory
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  • Kurt comforting Rory
  • Rory Flanagan smiling
  • Rory In "America"
  • Extraordinary Merry Christmas
  • Rory looking good.
  • The hockey team bullying Rory
  • Rory as Itchy the Holiday Elf
  • Rory watching the girls perform "I Kissed a Girl"
  • We Found Love


Main article: Rory's Quotations


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