Famous People

Actors

  • Ardal O'Hanlon, actor/comedian
  • Arthur Shields, actor
  • Barry Fitzgerald, actor
  • Brenda Fricker, Oscar winner
  • Brendan Gleeson, actor
  • Bronagh Gallagher, actress
  • Catherine Cusack
  • Charles Mitchel
  • Cillian Murphy, actor
  • Colin Farrell
  • Colm Meaney, actor
  • Cyril Cusack, born in South Africa
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, British-born Oscar winner
  • Devon Murray
  • Evanna Lynch
  • Fiona Shaw, actress
  • Fionnuala Flanagan, actress
  • Gabriel Byrne
  • George Brent Hollywood actor
  • Glenn Quinn, actor
  • Hilton Edwards, co-founder of the Gate Theatre, born in UK
  • Jim Norton, character actor
  • Joe Lynch, TV actor
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers, actor
  • Kenneth Branagh, actor and director
  • Liam Neeson, actor
  • Maureen O'Hara, actress
  • Maureen O'Sullivan, actor and mother of Mia Farrow
  • Sir Michael Gambon
  • Micheál MacLiammóir, co-founder of the Gate Theatre, born in UK
  • Milo O'Shea, actor
  • Niamh Cusack
  • Patrick Bergin
  • Patrick McGoohan, actor and creator of The Prisoner
  • Peter O'Toole, Oscar winner
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Richard Harris, (actor)
  • Roma Downey
  • Sorcha Cusack
  • Stephen Boyd, actor
  • Stephen Rea, actor
  • Stuart Townsend, actor and boxer
  • Susan Lynch

Architecture

  • Edward Lovett Pearce
  • Eileen Gray
  • Francis Johnston
  • George Ashlin
  • George Drumgoole Coleman
  • James Gandon
  • James Hoban, designer of White House
  • James Joseph McCarthy
  • Kevin Roche
  • Michael Scott
  • Sir Thomas Drew
  • Thomas Parke

Business

  • Anthony J F O'Reilly, Independent Newspapers and head of Heinz, 1979-1996
  • Arthur Guinness, brewer
  • Denis O'Brien, highly successful entrepreneur and founder of Esat Telecom
  • Dermot Mannion, CEO of Aer Lingus
  • Donie Cassidy, businessman and TD
  • Eddie Hobbs, financial guru, presenter of Show Me the Money and Rip-Off Republic
  • Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair
  • Niall FitzGerald, honorary KBE, chief executive Unilever
  • Pat McDonagh, founder of Supermac's
  • Peter Sutherland, Chairman of BP Plc, and Chairman of Goldman Sachs International and formerly Ireland's representative at the European Commission
  • Seán Quinn, multi-millionaire entrepreneur
  • Tony Ryan, founder of Ryanair and Guinness Peat Aviation

Comedians

  • Andrew Maxwell
  • Ardal O'Hanlon
  • Dara O'Briain
  • David O'Doherty
  • Dylan Moran
  • Ed Byrne
  • Sean Hughes
  • Tommy Tiernan

Dance

  • Bill Whelan, composer
  • Dame Ninette de Valois, ballet
  • Jean Butler, Irish dancer
  • Lola Montez (Eliza Gilbert), dancer, courtesan

Music

Individuals

  • Andy White, singer/songwriter
  • Angela Feeney, opera singer
  • Barney McKenna, banjo player
  • Big Tom, lead singer of Big Tom And The Mainliners
  • Bob Geldof, songwriter, singer of the Boomtown Rats, activist
  • Bono (real name: Paul Hewson), lead singer of U2
  • Brian Irvine, composer
  • Brian Kennedy, singer
  • Carmel Gunning, tin whistler
  • Carmel Quinn, singer
  • Catherine Hayes, opera singer
  • Chris de Burgh
  • Chris Singleton, singer-songwriter
  • Christy Moore, singer/songwriter
  • Ciaran Bourke, singer/guitarist
  • Ciarán Farrell, composer
  • Cora Venus Lunny, violinist
  • Damien Dempsey, singer/songwriter
  • Damien Leith, singer/songwriter, winner of Australian Idol 2006
  • Damien Rice, singer-songwriter
  • Dana Rosemary Scallon, MEP - singer turned politician
  • Daniel O'Donnell, country-and-western singer
  • Dave King, singer/songwriter
  • David Kitt
  • Derek Bell, harpist
  • Dolores Keane, singer
  • Dolores O'Riordan, singer/songwriter/guitarist
  • Dónal Lunny
  • Eamonn Campbell, guitarist/producer
  • Eleanor McEvoy
  • Enda Markey, singer
  • Enya (real name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin), singer/songwriter
  • Fergus Johnston, Aosdána
  • Finghin Collins, pianist
  • Frances Black, singer
  • Frankie Gavin, fiddler
  • Gavin Friday
  • Gemma Hayes
  • Gerald Barry, Aosdána
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan, pop singer/songwriter/pianist
  • Hamilton Harty, composer and arranger
  • Ian Wilson, Aosdána
  • James Galway, flautist
  • James Wilson, Aosdána
  • Jem Finer, banjoist and guitarist
  • Joe Burke, accordionist
  • John Count McCormack, singer
  • John Field, composer (creator of the nocturne)
  • John Sheahan fiddler
  • Johnny Logan, singer/songwriter
  • Johnny Marr (real name: John Maher), guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter, formerly of The Smiths
  • Josef Locke, singer
  • Julia Clifford, traditional fiddle player
  • Kevin Burke, fiddler
  • Leo Rowsome, uilleann piper
  • Liam O'Flynn, uilleann piper
  • Lisa Hannigan, singer/songwriter
  • Luke Kelly, singer
  • Marc Gunn, autoharper and singer/songwriter of the Brobdingnagian Bards
  • Mark Geary
  • Martin O'Connor, accordionist
  • Mary Bergin, tin whistler
  • Mary Black, singer
  • Mary O'Hara, harpist/singer
  • Maura O'Connell, singer
  • Michael Coleman, fiddler
  • Michael William Balfe, composer
  • Mickey McConnell, singer/songwriter
  • Mundy, singer/songwriter
  • Órla Fallon - singer, harpist
  • Paddy Casey, singer/songwriter
  • Paddy Keenan, uilleann piper
  • Paddy Killoran, fiddler
  • Paddy Reilly, singer/guitarist
  • Paddy Tunney, singer
  • Patrick Cassidy, composer
  • Patsy Touhey, piper
  • Paul Brady, singer
  • Phil Coulter, composer
  • Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy frontman
  • Philip Martin, pianist, Aosdána
  • Robert O'Connor, singer/songwriter
  • Ronan Keating, singer/songwriter
  • Ronnie Drew, singer/guitarist
  • Rory Gallagher, blues/rock guitarist
  • Ruby Murray, singer
  • Samantha Mumba, singer
  • Sarah Makem, singer
  • Séamus Ennis, uilleann piper
  • Sean Cannon, singer/guitarist
  • Sean Mackin, backup vocals and violinist of Yellowcard
  • Seán Ó Riada, composer and musician
  • Shane MacGowan, English born singer/songwriter
  • Sharon Shannon, traditional musician
  • Sinéad O'Connor, singer
  • Tadhg Cooke, singer
  • Tommy Makem, singer-songwriter
  • Tommy Peoples, fiddler
  • Turlough O'Carolan, 17th century harpist and composer ("Last of the Bards")
  • Van Morrison, singer/songwriter
  • Vivian Campbell, co-lead guitarist of Def Leppard
  • W. H. Grattan Flood, author and renowned musicologist
  • Wallis Bird, singer, songwriter
  • Willie Clancy, uilleann piper

Groups

  • Abaddon Incarnate
  • Afro-Celt Sound System
  • Agnelli & Nelson
  • Altan
  • An Góilín
  • Anúna
  • Aosdána
  • Ash
  • Aslan
  • B*Witched
  • Bad Habitz
  • Bad Haggis
  • Barley Bree
  • Bell X1
  • Bellefire
  • Black 47
  • Blink
  • Blue in Heaven
  • Boss Volenti
  • Boyzone, boy band
  • Brobdingnagian Bards
  • Bulraga
  • Cactus World News
  • Celtic Legacy
  • Celtic Tenors
  • Celtic Woman
  • Ceoltóirí Chualann
  • Channel One
  • Cherish the Ladies
  • Clannad
  • Compulsion
  • Cruachan
  • Cyclefly
  • D:Ream
  • Dagda
  • Danú
  • Déanta
  • Director
  • Dr. Strangely Strange
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Energy Orchard
  • Fat Lady Sings
  • Fatima Mansions
  • Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band
  • Fish Go Deep
  • Flogging Molly
  • Flook
  • Foster & Allen
  • Four Men and a Dog
  • Four to the Bar
  • Future Kings of Spain
  • Geasa
  • God Talking Soul
  • Gráda
  • Hal
  • Horslips
  • Hothouse Flowers
  • In Tua Nua
  • InFOCUS
  • Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club
  • Jetplane Landing
  • JJ72
  • Kerbdog, rock band
  • Kíla
  • Language of Flowers
  • LeperKhanz
  • Lluther
  • Lúnasa
  • Mama's Boys
  • Marxman
  • Mellow Candle
  • Microdisney
  • Minor Detail
  • Mixtwitch
  • Mourning Beloveth
  • Moving Hearts
  • My Bloody Valentine
  • Na Casaidigh
  • Nightnoise
  • Oppenheimer
  • OTT
  • Owen's
  • Panda Kopanda
  • Patrick Street
  • Pay*Ola
  • Planxty
  • Poor Man's Fortune
  • Power of Dreams
  • Primordial
  • Rare
  • Real Friends Break Chairs
  • Republic of Loose
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela
  • Rollerskate Skinny
  • Ryan's Fancy
  • Sack
  • Self Aid
  • Seraphim
  • Six
  • Sixstarhotel
  • Skara Brae
  • Skelpin
  • Skid Row
  • Skindive
  • Snow Patrol, rock band
  • Solas (group)
  • Solas (liturgical)
  • Something Happens
  • St. Laurence O'Toole Pipe Band
  • Stalag 17
  • Stiff Little Fingers
  • Stockton's Wing
  • Surly
  • Sweeney's Men
  • Sweet Savage
  • Tamalin
  • Taste
  • Téada
  • That Petrol Emotion
  • The Answer
  • The Answer
  • The Bachelors
  • The Blizzards
  • The Boomtown Rats
  • The Bothy Band
  • The Boys of the Lough
  • The Brent Flood
  • The Brilliant Trees
  • The Chalets
  • The Chieftains
  • The Clancy Brothers
  • The Commitments
  • The Conway Sisters
  • The Corrs
  • The Cranberries
  • The Daze
  • The Divine Comedy
  • The Dubliners
  • The East Coast Angels
  • The Frames
  • The Fureys
  • The Golden Horde
  • The Groovin' Reels
  • The High Llamas
  • The Hitchers
  • The IRS
  • The Johnstons
  • The Mascara Story
  • The Middlewich Paddies
  • The Moondogs
  • The Mumbles
  • The Nolans
  • The Outcasts
  • The Pogues
  • The Popes
  • The Punters
  • The Radiators From Space
  • The Redneck Manifesto
  • The Saw Doctors
  • The Starjets
  • The Sultans Of Ping FC
  • The Thrills
  • The Undertones
  • The Vipers
  • The Virgin Prunes
  • The Waterboys
  • The Watertower Conspiracy
  • Them
  • Therapy?
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Those Nervous Animals
  • Tír na nÓg
  • Toasted Heretic
  • Toxic Waste
  • Trinití
  • Turn
  • U2
  • Venus Envy
  • Waylander
  • Wendimiller
  • Westlife
  • Whipping Boy
  • Whoopsadaisies
  • Wilt
  • Wolfe Tones
  • Wreck of the Hesperus

Sport

  • Alain Rolland, rugby referee
  • Alan Lewis, rugby referee
  • Andre Botha (cricketer)
  • Andrew Bree, swimmer
  • Andrew White (cricketer)
  • Andy Keogh, footballer
  • Barry McGuigan, boxer
  • Bob Tisdall - Olympic gold medal/400mH, 1932
  • Boyd Rankin, cricketer
  • Brian O'Driscoll - rugby player
  • Catherina McKiernan, athlete
  • Cian O'Connor - show jumper
  • Damien Duff, footballer
  • Dave Finlay, WWE wrestler
  • Dave Langford-Smith, cricketer
  • Dave McAuley, boxer
  • Denis Hickie, rugby player
  • Des Smyth - golfer
  • Eamon Dunphy, former soccer player, media commentator and broadcaster
  • Eamonn Coghlan, runner
  • Eddie Irvine - Formula 1 driver
  • Eddie Jordan, racing driver and Formula 1 team owner
  • Eddie Macken, horse show jumper
  • Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed, 19th century mountaineer
  • Eoin Morgan, cricketer
  • Geordan Murphy, rugby player
  • Glenn Ross, strongman
  • Gordon D'Arcy, rugby player
  • Ham Lambert, rugby and cricket player
  • Jeremy Bray, cricketer
  • Jim Stynes, Australian rules footballer
  • Jimmy McLarnin, boxer
  • John Mooney, cricketer
  • John Pius Boland, double Olympic medal-winner/tennis,1896
  • John Treacy, Olympic silver medal/marathon, 1984
  • Johnny Giles, footballer
  • Jonjo O'Neill, jockey
  • Keith Wood, rugby player
  • Ken Doherty, former World Snooker champion
  • Kenny Carroll, cricketer
  • Kevin McBride, boxer
  • Kevin O'Brien, cricketer
  • Kyle McCallan, cricketer
  • Liam Daish, footballer
  • Malcolm O'Kelly, rugby player
  • Michael Carruth, Olympic gold medal winner/boxing
  • Michael Kinane, jockey
  • Michelle Smith, Multi gold medallist 1996 Olympics
  • Mick Doyle, Muay Thai and kickboxing
  • Mick Doyle, rugby player
  • Mick Galwey, rugby player and coach
  • Mick McCarthy, former Republic of Ireland football manager
  • Niall O'Brien, cricketer
  • Niall Quinn, footballer
  • Packie Bonner, footballer
  • Pádraig Harrington, golfer
  • Pat O'Callaghan, Olympic gold medal/hammer, 1928, 1932
  • Patrick O'Connell, Real Betis/FC Barcelona manager, 1930s
  • Paul Darragh, show jumper
  • Paul McGinley, golfer
  • Paul McGrath, footballer
  • Paul Mooney, cricketer
  • Paul O'Connell, rugby player
  • Peter Gillespie, cricketer
  • Peter O'Sullevan, horse racing commentator
  • Robbie Keane, footballer
  • Ronan O'Gara, rugby player
  • Ronnie Delany, Olympic medal winner/athletics
  • Roy Keane, footballer
  • Ruby Walsh, jockey
  • Seamus Elliott, professional cyclist
  • Seán Kelly, cyclist
  • Sharon Foley, track and field athlete
  • Shay Given, footballer
  • Sonia O'Sullivan, Olympic silver medallist
  • Stephen Roche, cyclist
  • Steve Staunton, footballer
  • Tom Sharkey, boxer
  • Tony O'Reilly, rugby player
  • Trent Johnston, cricketer
  • Wayne McCullough, Olympic Silver Medallist - boxing
  • William Porterfield, cricketer
  • Willie John McBride, rugby player

Writers

  • Aidan Higgins, Aosdána
  • Anthony Cronin, Aosdána
  • Augusta, Lady Gregory, playwright and founder of the Abbey Theatre
  • Austin Clarke
  • Benedict Kiely, Saoi of Aosdána
  • Bram Stoker, author of Dracula
  • Brendan Behan, playwright, novelist
  • Brian Coffey, poet
  • Brian Friel, playwright, Aosdána
  • Brian O'Nolan (aka Myles na gCopaleen, Flann O'Brien), novelist/columnist
  • C. S. Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia)
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan, American novelist and palaeontologist
  • Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander
  • Christopher Nolan, poet, Aosdána
  • Clare Boylan, Aosdána
  • Denis Devlin, poet
  • Dermot Bolger, novelist, Aosdána
  • Dermot Healy, Aosdána
  • Eamon Delaney
  • Edna O'Brien, novelist, Aosdána
  • Edward Martyn, playwright, art patron and political activist
  • Eoghan Corry, journalist and author
  • Eoin Colfer, author
  • Francis Ledwidge, poet
  • Francis Stuart, Saoi of Aosdána
  • Frank McCourt, writer
  • Frank McGuinness, Aosdána
  • Frank O'Connor, short story writer
  • Garth Ennis, comic writer
  • Geoffrey Squires, poet
  • George Barrington
  • George Bernard Shaw, novelist, playwright
  • George William Russell, (known under the pen-name AE), writer and critic
  • Gerard McKeown, writer
  • Herminie Templeton Kavanagh, author
  • Hugo Hamilton, author
  • J. B. Bury, historian
  • James Clarence Mangan, poet
  • James Joyce, novelist
  • James Plunkett, Aosdána
  • James Simmons poet
  • Jennifer Johnston, Aosdána
  • John Banville, novelist
  • John McGahern, novelist, Aosdána
  • John Millington Synge, dramatist
  • John Montague, poet
  • Jonathan Swift, Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, novelist and satirist
  • Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, gothic novelist
  • Laurence Sterne, novelist
  • Liam O'Flaherty, novelist, short story writer
  • Máirtín Ó Díreáin, Irish-language poet,Aosdána
  • Malachi Martin, horror writer
  • Margaretta Eagar, memoirist
  • Marina Carr, Aosdána
  • Martin McDonagh, playwright
  • Mary Lavin, Saoi of Aosdána
  • Maurice Scully, poet
  • Michael Longley, Aosdána
  • Michael Smith, poet
  • Neil Jordan, author, film director, Aosdána
  • Oliver Goldsmith, novelist and dramatist
  • Oliver St. John Gogarty
  • Oscar Wilde, novelist, poet, satirist
  • Pat Ingoldsby, poet, playwright
  • Patrick Brontë, poet
  • Patrick Kavanagh, poet
  • Paul Muldoon, poet
  • Randolph Healy, poet
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright
  • Richard Murphy, poet, Aosdána
  • Roddy Doyle, novelist
  • Roderick Flanagan, historian
  • Samuel Beckett, Saoi
  • Seamus Deane, Aosdána
  • Seamus Heaney, Saoi of Aosdána, Nobel Laureate
  • Seán Ó Faoláin, Saoi of Aosdána
  • Seán O'Casey, playwright
  • Seathrún Céitinn (Geoffrey Keating)
  • Sebastian Barry, novelist, Aosdána
  • Sir Samuel Ferguson, poet
  • Sister Mary Frances Cusack, the "Nun of Kenmare", patriot and controversialist
  • Thomas Moore, poet
  • Trevor Joyce, poet
  • Ulick O'Connor, Aosdána
  • Walter Macken, novelist
  • William Allingham, poet
  • William Butler Yeats, poet and Nobel laureate
  • William Carleton, novelist
  • William Trevor, writer, Aosdána
  • William Wall, novelist, poet

Other Famous Irish People

  • Catherine McAuley - founder the Sisters of Mercy
  • Catherine McGuinness - Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, President of the Law Reform Commission
  • Dermot Morgan - satirist and star of Father Ted
  • Desmond Connell - Roman Catholic Cardinal of Ireland
  • Diarmuid Martin - Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
  • Eamonn Andrews - TV personality and producer
  • Edward Martyn - co-founder of the Irish Literary Theatre
  • Edward McLysaght - Chief Herald of Ireland, 1943-54
  • Eliza Lynch, mistress of Francisco López, Paraguayan dictator
  • Emily O'Reilly - journalist, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
  • Ernest Shackleton - explorer
  • Gay Byrne - broadcaster and presenter of the Late Late Show (1962-1999)
  • George Berkeley - philosopher
  • Gerard Slevin - Chief Herald of Ireland, 1954-81
  • Grace O'Malley - Granuaile, pirate queen
  • Graham Norton - TV personality and actor
  • Harry Clarke - stained glass artist
  • James Larkin - labour leader
  • Jim Duffy - Irish advisor to Australia's Republic Advisory Committee
  • Johannes Scotus Erigena - theologian (b. 810)
  • Jose de Ribas, Imperial Russian Admiral, wars with Ottomans
  • Kevin Murphy, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner
  • Kitty O'Shea - mistress of Charles Stewart Parnell
  • Lady Mary Heath - early aviator
  • Lord Killanin, former head of the International Olympic Committee
  • Margaretta Eagar - Limerick born governess to the last Russian Royal Family
  • Michael Anthony Fleming - Bishop of St. John's, Newfoundland
  • Nellie Cashman, gold prospector in the United States; born in County Cork
  • Pat Kenny - broadcaster and presenter of the Late Late Show (1999-present)
  • Philip Treacy - milliner
  • Robin Eames - Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
  • Ryan Tubridy - entertainer
  • Seán Brady - Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland
  • Sir Horace Plunkett - founder of co-operative movement
  • St. Aidan of Lindisfarne
  • St. Brigid - Irish saint and bishop
  • St. Patrick - British born Irish patron saint
  • Terry Wogan - TV and radio personality
  • Timothy Smiddy - academic, economist, Ireland's first ambassador