Find out more about the greatest Irish people, including Cillian Murphy, Conor McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Farrell and Niall Horan.

Think there is nothing more to Ireland than its own "beer-soaked revelries" and its sexiest nationalities? If yes, then you really need to sit up and read intently about the lives, struggles, and accomplishments of some of world's famous Irish people that will not just fill you with deep admiration, but will leave your jaws hanging on the floor. That is right! While beer, revelry and revolution has always been some of the essential components of an Irish life, amid all the fight, fun, wit and wisdom there is this impressive lot of extraordinary Irish people who have made significant contribution to the world in their own unique way. From heralded scribes and ingenious inventors to national heroes and a credulous intelligence unit, this land of luck, literature and leprechauns have marked an indelible place in the heart of the world, thanks to these great people. Pour yourself a pint and grab that bag of crisps as you take a glimpse down the inspiring lives of Ireland's famous people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts wrapped up in their biographies below.
Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan

16 May 1953

Conor McGregorConor McGregor
(Mixed Martial Artist)

14 July 1988

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender

02 April 1977

Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan

12 April 1994

Oscar WildeOscar Wilde

16 October 1854

Cillian MurphyCillian Murphy

25 May 1976

Colin FarrellColin Farrell

31 May 1976

Richard HarrisRichard Harris
(Actor, Singer-Songwriter, Producer, Director)

01 October 1930

Niall HoranNiall Horan

13 September 1993

Jonathan Rhys MeyersJonathan Rhys Meyers

27 July 1977

Aidan TurnerAidan Turner

19 June 1983


10 May 1960

Michael GambonMichael Gambon

19 October 1940

Katie McGrathKatie McGrath

03 January 1983

Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar
(Prime Minister of Ireland)

18 January 1979

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

Gabriel ByrneGabriel Byrne

12 May 1950

Brendan GleesonBrendan Gleeson

29 March 1955

Peter Seamus O'ToolePeter O'Toole

02 August 1932

James JoyceJames Joyce

02 February 1882

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw

26 July 1856

Louis WalshLouis Walsh
(Entertainment Manager & TV Personality)

05 August 1952

Evanna LynchEvanna Lynch

16 August 1991

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
(Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director)

13 April 1906

Robert SheehanRobert Sheehan

07 January 1988

Aisling BeaAisling Bea
(Actress, Stand up Comedian)

16 March 1984

Bob GeldofBob Geldof

05 October 1951

(YouTuber, Producer, Game Commentator, Social Media Personality)

07 February 1990

(Professional Wrestler)

28 January 1978

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
(Author and Satirist)

30 November 1667

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

Anne BonnyAnne Bonny
(18th Century Pirate)

08 March 1702

Bobby SandsBobby Sands

09 March 1954

Bram StokerBram Stoker
(Creator of Dracula)

08 November 1847

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker)

26 March 1970

Yvonne McGuinnessYvonne McGuinness
(Visual Artist)

12 October 1972

Colm MeaneyColm Meaney

30 May 1953

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan

16 April 1918

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney

13 April 1939

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle
(Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law)

25 January 1627

Ian PaisleyIan Paisley

06 April 1926

Phil LaakPhil Laak
(Professional Poker Player)

08 September 1972

Dylan MoranDylan Moran
(Comedian, Writer, Actor)

03 November 1971

George BerkeleyGeorge Berkeley

12 March 1685

Richard ToddRichard Todd

11 June 1919

Dervla KirwanDervla Kirwan

24 October 1971

Brian Hanby (Terroriser)Brian Hanby
(YouTube Star)

23 March 1989

Lukas ForchhammerLukas Forchhammer
(Singer, actor, songwriter)

18 September 1988

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
(Actor, Director)

26 April 1872

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

10 November 1728

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
(Poet, Singer, Songwriter, & Entertainer)

28 May 1779

Jonas ArmstrongJonas Armstrong

01 January 1981

Typhoid Mary Typhoid Mary
(Asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever)

23 September 1869

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
(Irish poet)

09 February 1923

John HumeJohn Hume

18 January 1937

John TyndallJohn Tyndall

02 August 1820

Thomas BloodThomas Blood

1618 AD

Michael CollinsMichael Collins

16 October 1890

Cyrus MistryCyrus Pallonji Mistry
(Ex Chairman of Tata Group)

04 July 1968

Jim StynesJim Stynes
(Australian Rules Footballer)

23 April 1966

Finn BalorFinn Balor

25 July 1981

Mairead MaguireMairead Maguire
(Peace Activist)

27 January 1944

Ernest WaltonErnest Walton

06 October 1903

Daithi De NoglaDaithi De Nogla

06 July 1992

Jack Butler YeatsJack Butler Yeats
(Irish artist)

29 August 1871

W B YeatsW B Yeats
(Poet & Dramatist)

13 June 1865

Denis O’BrienDenis O’Brien

19 April 1958

Sophia MitchellSophia Mitchell
(Model, Instagram Star)

02 August 2000

Sinead O’ConnorSinead O’Connor

08 December 1966

(Singer, Songwriter)

17 March 1990

Lindy TsangLindy Tsang

06 December 1986

Sir William Rowan HamiltonSir William Rowan Hamilton
(Physicist, Astronomer and Mathematician)

04 August 1805

Anna Saccone Joly Anna Saccone Joly
(YouTube Star)

03 November 1987

Jonathan Saccone-JolyJonathan Saccone-Joly
(YouTube Personality)

13 February 1980

Danny O DonoghueDanny O Donoghue

03 October 1979