Famous People Born In Cork

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Roy Keane
(Retired Footballer Who was Considered One of the Best Midfielders of His Generation)
Roy Keane
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo

One of the most successful footballers from Ireland, Roy Keane became one of the stars of Manchester United. A talented midfielder, he has helped the team win multiple FA Cups and Premier League championships. Post-retirement, he has also managed teams such as Sunderland and Ipswich Town.

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Allie Sherlock
(Irish Singer, Guitarist and Busker)
Allie Sherlock
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 2005
Sun Sign: Aries

Irish singer, songwriter, and guitarist Allie Sherlock came into the limelight in 2017 after a YouTube cover of hers went viral. Even though she had been uploading her music on YouTube since 2014, it was only in 2017 that she gained widespread attention. Since then, she has appeared in a few TV shows as well.

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Sarah Greene
(Actress)
Sarah Greene
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Birthdate: July 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Denis Irwin
(Former Professional Footballer Who Played as a Full-Back)
Denis Irwin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Known for his 12-year stint with Manchester United, Irish footballer Denis Irwin established himself as a dependable left-back, winning many championships with the club, such as the Premier League and the FA Cup. Post-retirement, he launched a successful media career as a sports presenter on channels such as MUTV.

 5 
Adam Idah
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Adam Idah
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 2001
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Mary Harris Jones
(Irish-born American Schoolteacher and Activist)
Mary Harris Jones
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 1, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 30, 1930

After losing her husband and children in a yellow fever epidemic and her dress shop in the great Chicago fire, schoolteacher and dressmaker Mary Harris Jones became an activist, earning the nickname Mother Jones. A prominent unionist for coal miners and other workers, she also co-founded the Social Democratic Party.

 7 
Stephen Ireland
(Irish Former Professional Footballer Who Played as an Attacking Midfielder)
Stephen Ireland
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo

Renowned as a talented midfielder, former Irish footballer Stephen Ireland is known for his stints with clubs such as Manchester City, Aston Villa, and Stoke City. He has been, in the past, been involved in controversies regarding his exclusion from the Ireland team, and amid speculations, eventually never returned to play.

 8 
Gary O'Sullivan
(Irish Professional Boxer)
Gary O'Sullivan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer

Boxer Gary O'Sullivan is known for his multiple title wins, including the WBA and WBO championships. A middleweight boxing star, he has also appeared in movies such as Strength and Honour. He used the COVID-19 lockdown to gain new tactics and wishes to manage boxers post-retirement.

 9 
Danny La Rue
(Singer)
Danny La Rue
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: May 31, 2009
 10 
Simon Zebo
(Irish Rugby Union Player)
Simon Zebo
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Kevin Long
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Kevin Long
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo

Irish defender Kevin Long, who represents the club Burnley in the Premier League, had begun his career with the youth team of Cork City. Starting his stint with Burnley in 2010, he has often been loaned but remains the team’s longest-serving player. He has also played for the Irish national team.

 12 
Jack Gleeson
(Irish Actor Best Known for His Role as Joffrey Baratheon on the HBO TV Series ‘Game of Thrones’)
Jack Gleeson
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Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Irish actor Jack Gleeson soared to fame with his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the iconic series Game of Thrones. He later switched to independent theater and appeared in the BBC miniseries Out of Her Mind. The Trinity College alumnus later also co-established the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.
 13 
John Egan
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Centre-Back)
John Egan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra

Sheffield United defender John Egan is the son of a Gaelic footballer father and a footballer mother, and himself played Gaelic football and hurling in his younger days. He led the Irish U19 team to the 2011 U19 European Championship semi-finals and has also captained Ireland against Bulgaria.

 14 
Terence MacSwiney
(Writer)
Terence MacSwiney
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 25, 1920
 15 
Alex Murphy
(Actor)
Alex Murphy
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Birthdate: December 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Fiacre Kelleher
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Fiacre Kelleher
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces

Bradford City defender Fiacre Kelleher was born into a sports-loving family and grew up playing hurling with his brothers, one of whom is Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher. Starting his career with Celtic, he has also played for the Irish U-19 team and clubs such as Oxford United and Wrexham.

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Gary O'Donovan
(Rower)
Gary O'Donovan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 30, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 18 
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
(British Cryptanalyst & Chess Player)
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 15, 1974
 19 
Richard Hennessy
(Military personnel and Founder of Hennessy)
Richard Hennessy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1724 AD
Died: October 8, 1800
 20 
Biig Piig
(Singer)
Biig Piig
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 21 
Frank O'Connor
(Writer)
Frank O'Connor
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 10, 1966
 22 
Sean O Riada
(Composer)
Sean O Riada
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 3, 1971
 23 
Jack Lynch
(Politician)
Jack Lynch
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 20, 1999
 24 
Dermot Crowley
(Actor)
Dermot Crowley
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Birthdate: March 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 25 
Anna Geary
(Irish Camogie player)
Anna Geary
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
 26 
Ethel Voynich
(Novelist)
Ethel Voynich
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 27, 1960
 27 
Colin Doyle
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
Colin Doyle
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini

Apart from being the goalkeeper for the Scottish club Kilmarnock, Irish-born footballer Colin Doyle is also their goalkeeping coach. He is known for his 12-year stint with Birmingham City and has played for the Republic of Ireland, too. The Cork-born sports star initially excelled in hurling and Gaelic football, too.

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Charles MacCarthy
(Former Governor of Sierra Leone)
Charles MacCarthy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1764
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 21, 1824
 29 
Eileen Walsh
(Actress)
Eileen Walsh
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Birthdate: April 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
 30 
Louise O'Neill
(Children's writer)
Louise O'Neill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1985 AD
 31 
Derval O'Rourke
(Irish Former Sprint Hurdles Athlete)
Derval O'Rourke
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 32 
Orla Fitzgerald
(Actress)
Orla Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
 33 
Dáithí Ó Conaill
(Political activist)
Dáithí Ó Conaill
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 1, 1991

Initially trained as a woodwork instructor, Irish republican and political activist Dáithí Ó Conaill co-founded the Provo branch of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). While he was often imprisoned for his activities, he also introduced the car bomb strategy in the IRA’s campaigns in Northern Ireland.

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William Thompson
(Irish Philosopher and Social Reformer Who Believed in Utilitarianism)
William Thompson
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Birthdate: June 30, 1775
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 28, 1833
 35 
Hugh Coveney
(Politician, Sailor)
Hugh Coveney
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 14, 1998
 36 
Ashling Thompson
(Irish Camogie Player)
Ashling Thompson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
 37 
Nora Twomey
(Animator)
Nora Twomey
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Irish animator and voice actor Nora Twomey is best known for co-founding the animation studio Cartoon Saloon. She also directed the Oscar-nominated animated films The Secret of Kells and The Breadwinner. A school drop-out, she initially worked in a factory, before studying fine art and then animation.

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Denise O'Sullivan
(Irish Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Denise O'Sullivan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius

A well-known Irish professional footballer, Denise O'Sullivan plays for the North Carolina CouragefFootball club and has been instrumental in her club winning three NWSL Shield titles and two NWSL Championships. The midfielder, who also plays for the national team of the Republic of Ireland, has won the MVP title twice as well as the 2019 Sportswoman of Month title.

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Dominic MacHale
(Irish Actor Best Known for His Role as Sergeant Healy in the Film 'The Young Offenders')
Dominic MacHale
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Matt Cooper
(Journalist)
Matt Cooper
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Birthdate: July 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
 41 
Thomas Addis Emmet
(Lawyer)
Thomas Addis Emmet
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 24, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: November 14, 1827
 42 
Samantha Barry
(Editor)
Samantha Barry
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Birthdate: 1982 AD
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Maurice O Donoghue
(Actor)
Maurice O Donoghue
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Birthdate: 1950 AD
 44 
John Pope Hennessy
(15th Governor of Mauritius)
John Pope Hennessy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 8, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 7, 1891
 45 
Edward Dowden
(Critic)
Edward Dowden
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Birthdate: May 3, 1843
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 4, 1913
 46 
Máire MacSwiney Brugha
(Writer)
Máire MacSwiney Brugha
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Birthdate: June 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 20, 2012
 47 
Sinéad Lohan
(Singer)
Sinéad Lohan
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1971 AD
 48 
Richard Church
(Military officer)
Richard Church
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1784
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 20, 1873
 49 
Kate Price
(Actress)
Kate Price
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Birthdate: February 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 4, 1943
 50 
Fitz-James O'Brien
(Soldier)
Fitz-James O'Brien
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1826
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 6, 1862