Famous People From Ireland

By Tim Lambert

Northern Ireland

BALLYMENA, COUNTY ANTRIM Liam Neeson 1952- Actor

To see a list of people from BELFAST click here

COLERAINE James Nesbitt 1965- Actor


William Alexander 1824-1911 Poet

Joyce Cary 1888-1957 Writer

Nadine Coyle 1985- Singer

George Farquhar 1678-1707 Playwright

Josef Locke 1917-1999 Singer

Feargal Sharkey 1958- Singer

ENNISKILLEN Adrian Dunbar 1958- Actor

MAGHERAGALL, COUNTY ANTRIM Sir Joseph Larmor 1857-1942 Physicist

MOSSBAWN, COUNTY DERRY Seamus Heaney 1939-2013 writer

NEWTOWNARDS Eddie Irvine 1965- Driver

OMAGH, COUNTY TYRONE Brian Friel 1929-2015 Writer

PARK, COUNTY DERRY Antonia Logue 1972- Writer

POMROY, COUNTY TYRONE Philomena Begley 1954- Singer

PORTADOWN, COUNTY ARMAGH Paul Muldoon 1951- Writer

PRILLISK, COUNTY TYRONE William Carleton 1794-1869 Writer

STRABANE, COUNTY TYRONE Flann O’Brien 1911-1966 Writer

UREY, COUNTY TYRONE William Burke 1792-1829 Murderer


ANNASCAUL, COUNTY KERRY Jerome Connor 1874-1943 Sculptor

ATHLONE Thomas O’Connor 1848-1929 Journalist

ATHY, COUNTY KILDARE Sir Ernest Shackleton 1874-1922 Explorer

AVONDALE, COUNTY WICKLOW Charles Stuart Parnell 1846-1891 Patriot

BALLINA, COUNTY MAYO Mary Robinson 1951- Former President

BAllINASLOE, COUNTY GALWAY Desmond Hogan 1951- Writer

BALLYLONGFORD, COUNTY KERRY Lord Horatio Kitchener 1850-1916 General

BALLYSHANNON, COUNTY DONEGAL William Allingham 1824-1889 Poet

BALLINTOGHER, SLIGO Cecil Day Lewis 1904-1972 Writer

BALLYTRENT, COUNTY WEXFORD John Edward Redmond 1865-1918 Politician

BOYLE, COUNTY ROSCOMMON Maureen O’Sullivan 1911-1998 Actress

BRAY Eugene Boylan 1904-1964 Physicist


Raymond McAnally 1926-1989 Actor

Frank McGuiness 1953- Writer

CAHERSIVEEN, COUNTY KERRY Daniel O’Connell 1775-1847 Politician largely responsible for the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829

CAHIR, COUNTY TIPPERARY Alice Maher 1956- Artist

CALLAN COUNTY KILKENNY Edmund Rice 1762-1844 Founder of the Christian Brothers

CASTLEBAR, COUNTY MAYO Charles Haughey 1925-2006 Former Taoiseach

CASTLELYONS, COUNTY CORK William Brouncker 1620-1684 Mathematician

CASTLENOCK, COUNTY DUBLIN Colin Farrell 1976- Actor


CELBRIDGE, COUNTY KILDARE Arthur Guinness 1725-1803 Brewer

CLONMEL, COUNTY TIPPERARY Laurence Sterne 1713-68 Novelist

CLONAKILTY Michael Collins 1890-1922 Revolutionary

COLLUMBKILLE, COUNTY LONGFORD Padraic Colum 1881-1972 Poet/playwright

COLLOONEY, COUNTY SLIGO William Higgins 1763-1825 Chemist

CONNEMARA, COUNTY GALWAY Peter O’Toole 1932-2013 Actor


James Barry 1741-1806 Artist

Theo Dorgan 1953- Poet

Thomas Ivory 1732-1786 Architect

Jack Lynch 1917-1999 Former Taioseach

Daniel Maclise 1806-1870 Artist

Justin McCarthy 1830-1912 Writer

Edward Mulhare 1923-1997 Actor

Fitz-James O’Brien 1828-1862 Writer

Daibhidh O’Bruadair 1625-1698 Poet

Frank O’Connor (Michael O’Donovan) 1903-1966 Writer

Sean O’Faolain 1900-1991 Writer

Sean O’Riada 1931-1971 Composer

Alicia Stott 1860-1940 Mathematician

Michael Wilmore 1899-1978 Actor/writer

CREGG, COUNTY CORK Colleen Browning 1929-2003 Artist

DALKEY, COUNTY DUBLIN Hugh Leonard 1926-2009 Writer


Lennox Robinson 1886-1958 Playwright

Cillian Murphy 1974- Actor

DROGHEDA John O’Reilly 1844-1890 Writer

DROMOLAND COUNTY CLARE William Smith O’Brien 1803-1864 Nationalist

To see a list of famous people from DUBLIN click here.

DUNGARVAN, COUNTY WATERFORDErnest Walton 1903-1995 Physicist

KILKEA, COUNTY KILDARE Ernest Shackleton 1874-1922 Explorer

LEIGHLINBRIDGE, COUNTY CARLOW John Tyndall 1820-1893 Physicist


Catherine Hayes 1818-1856 Singer

Terry Wogan 1938-2016 Entertainer

LISMORE, County Waterford Robert Boyle 1627-1691 Chemist

MILTON COUNTY ROSCOMMON Roderic O’Conor 1860-1940 Artist

NEWBRIDGE, COUNTY KILDARE Kathleen Lonsdale 1903-1971 Scientist

STILLORGAN, COUNTY DUBLIN William Orpen 1878-1931 Artist

TUAMGRANEY, COUNTY CLARE Edna O’Brien 1932- Writer


Thomas Francis Meagher 1823-1867 Patriot

William Vincent Wallace 1813-1865 Composer

WEXFORD Francis Danby 1793-1861 Artist

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