Find out more about the greatest Irish, 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.
Saoirse RonanSaoirse Ronan
(Actress)

12 April 1994

The Bronx, New York City, New York

Aries

Cillian MurphyCillian Murphy
(Actor)

25 May 1976

Douglas, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Gemini

Conor McGregorConor McGregor
(Mixed Martial Artist)

14 July 1988

Crumlin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Cancer

Pierce BrosnanPierce Brosnan

16 May 1953

Drogheda, Ireland

Taurus

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker)

26 March 1970

Camberwell

Aries

Colin FarrellColin Farrell
(Actor)

31 May 1976

Castleknock

Gemini

Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
(Playwright)

16 October 1854

30 November 1900

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Libra

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

01 October 1930

25 October 2002

Limerick City, Irish Free State (now Republic of Ireland)

Libra

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
(Novelist)

29 November 1898

22 November 1963

Belfast

Sagittarius

Jonathan Rhys MeyersJonathan Rhys Meyers
(Actor)

27 July 1977

Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland

Leo

Brendan GleesonBrendan Gleeson
(Actor)

29 March 1955

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Aries

Niall HoranNiall Horan
(Singer)

13 September 1993

Mullingar, Republic of Ireland

Virgo

BonoBono

10 May 1960

Taurus

Peter Seamus O'ToolePeter O'Toole
(Actor)

02 August 1932

14 December 2013

Connemara

Leo

Katie McGrathKatie McGrath
(Actress)

03 January 1983

Ashford, County Wicklow

Capricorn

James JoyceJames Joyce
(Writer)

02 February 1882

13 January 1941

Rathgar, Dublin

Aquarius

Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar
(Prime Minister of Ireland)

18 January 1979

Castleknock, Dublin, Ireland

Capricorn

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
(Playwright)

26 July 1856

02 November 1950

Dublin

Leo

Gabriel ByrneGabriel Byrne
(Actor)

12 May 1950

Walkinstown

Taurus

Evanna LynchEvanna Lynch
(Actress)

16 August 1991

Termonfeckin, Republic of Ireland

Leo

Aisling BeaAisling Bea
(Actress, Stand up Comedian)

16 March 1984

County Kildare

Pisces

SheamusSheamus
(Professional Wrestler)

28 January 1978

Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Aquarius

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
(Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director)

13 April 1906

22 December 1989

Foxrock, Ireland

Aries

Aidan TurnerAidan Turner
(Actor)

19 June 1983

Clondalkin, Republic of Ireland

Gemini

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

07 February 1990

Athlone, Ireland

Aquarius

Bob GeldofBob Geldof
(Singer)

05 October 1951

Dún Laoghaire

Libra

Robert SheehanRobert Sheehan
(Actor)

07 January 1988

Port Laoise

Capricorn

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
(Author and Satirist)

30 November 1667

19 October 1745

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Sagittarius

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
(Statesman)

12 January 1729

09 July 1797

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Capricorn

Bobby SandsBobby Sands

09 March 1954

05 May 1981

Newtownabbey

Pisces

Bram StokerBram Stoker
(Creator of Dracula)

08 November 1847

20 April 1912

Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

Scorpio

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

25 January 1627

30 December 1691

Ireland

Aquarius

Colm MeaneyColm Meaney
(Actor)

30 May 1953

Glasnevin

Gemini

Louis WalshLouis Walsh
(Entertainment Manager & TV Personality)

05 August 1952

Kiltimagh

Leo

Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
(Poet)

13 April 1939

30 August 2013

Castledawson

Aries

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
(Comedian)

16 April 1918

27 February 2002

Ahmednagar

Aries

Jonas ArmstrongJonas Armstrong
(Actor)

01 January 1981

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Capricorn

Dylan MoranDylan Moran
(Comedian, Writer, Actor)

03 November 1971

Navan

Scorpio

Dervla KirwanDervla Kirwan
(Actress)

24 October 1971

Churchtown, Dublin

Scorpio

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
(Actor, Director)

26 April 1872

01 February 1922

Carlow

Taurus

Ian PaisleyIan Paisley
(Politician)

06 April 1926

12 September 2014

Armagh

Aries

George BerkeleyGeorge Berkeley
(philosopher)

12 March 1685

14 January 1753

County Kilkenny, Ireland

Pisces

Richard ToddRichard Todd
(Actor)

11 June 1919

03 December 2009

Dublin, Ireland

Gemini

Phil LaakPhil Laak
(Professional Poker Player)

08 September 1972

Dublin, Ireland

Virgo

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

28 May 1779

25 February 1852

Dublin, Ireland

Gemini

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

10 November 1728

04 April 1774

Ballymahon

Scorpio

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
(Irish poet)

09 February 1923

20 March 1964

Dublin, Ireland

Aquarius

Typhoid Mary Typhoid Mary
(Asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever)

23 September 1869

11 November 1938

Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland

Virgo

John HumeJohn Hume
(Politician)

18 January 1937

Derry, Northern Ireland

Capricorn

John TyndallJohn Tyndall
(Physicist)

02 August 1820

04 December 1893

Leighlinbridge, County Carlow, Ireland

Leo

Mairead MaguireMairead Maguire
(Peace Activist)

27 January 1944

Belfast

Aquarius

Finn BalorFinn Balor
(Wrestler)

25 July 1981

Bray, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Leo

Brian Hanby (Terroriser)Brian Hanby
(YouTube Star)

23 March 1989

Dublin, Ireland

Aries

Thomas BloodThomas Blood
(Officer)

1618 AD

24 August 1680

County of Clare, Kingdom of Ireland

Cyrus MistryCyrus Pallonji Mistry
(Ex Chairman of Tata Group)

04 July 1968

Cancer

Sophia MitchellSophia Mitchell
(Model, Instagram Star)

02 August 2000

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Leo

Ernest WaltonErnest Walton
(Physicist)

06 October 1903

25 June 1995

Dungarvan

Libra

Jim StynesJim Stynes
(Australian Rules Footballer)

23 April 1966

20 March 2012

Dublin

Taurus

Jack Butler YeatsJack Butler Yeats
(Irish artist)

29 August 1871

28 March 1957

London, England

Virgo

Michael CollinsMichael Collins
(Politician)

16 October 1890

22 August 1922

County Cork, Republic of Ireland

Libra

Danny O DonoghueDanny O Donoghue
(Singer)

03 October 1979

Dublin, Ireland

Libra

W B YeatsW B Yeats
(Poet & Dramatist)

13 June 1865

28 January 1939

Ireland

Gemini

Sinead O’ConnorSinead O’Connor
(Singer-songwriter)

08 December 1966

Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland

Sagittarius

Denis O’BrienDenis O’Brien
(Entrepreneur)

19 April 1958

Republic of Ireland

Aries

Daithi De NoglaDaithi De Nogla
(YouTuber)

06 July 1992

Ireland

Cancer

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

04 August 1805

02 September 1865

Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Leo

Jonathan Saccone-JolyJonathan Saccone-Joly
(YouTube Personality)

13 February 1980

Ireland

Aquarius

George MooreGeorge Moore
(Irish novelist)

24 February 1852

21 January 1933

Pisces

Maureen O’HaraMaureen O’Hara
(Actress)

17 August 1920

Ranelagh, Republic of Ireland

Leo

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis
(Poet)

27 April 1904

22 May 1972

Ballintubber

Taurus

Lindy TsangLindy Tsang
(YouTuber)

06 December 1986

Dundonald, Northern Ireland

Sagittarius

John LukeJohn Luke
(Artist)

19 January 1906

04 February 1975

Belfast

Capricorn

Colin O’DonoghueColin O’Donoghue
(Actor, Musician)

26 January 1981

Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Aquarius

Eduardo Saccone-JolyEduardo Saccone-Joly
(Member of Saccone Family)

09 April 2014

Cork, Ireland

Aries

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender
(Actor)

02 April 1977

Heidelberg

Aries

Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of BurmaLouis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma
(Former Viceroy of India)

25 June 1900

27 August 1979

Frogmore House, Windsor

Cancer

Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
(Actor)

10 December 1960

Belfast

Sagittarius

Johnny McDaidJohnny McDaid
(Record producer, Songwriter)

24 July 1976

Derry

Leo

Jimmy CarrJimmy Carr
(Actor, Comedian, Television presenter)

15 September 1972

London

Virgo

Katherine RyanKatherine Ryan
(Comedian)

30 June 1983

Sarnia

Cancer

Graham NortonGraham Norton
(Television presenter, Actor, Radio personality, Journalist, Film actor)

04 April 1963

Clondalkin

Aries