Famous Irish Leaders

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 1 Michael Collins

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Cork, Republic of Ireland
Died: August 22, 1922
Revolutionary leader Michael Collins was a significant figure in the Irish struggle for independence. He was the director of intelligence of the Irish army and was responsible for attacks such as the "Bloody Sunday" killings of British agents. He negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty but was assassinated by anti-Treaty rebels.

 2 Bobby Sands

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Birthdate: March 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newtownabbey
Died: May 5, 1981

Robert Gerard Sands, better known as Bobby Sands, was a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) member, who died during a 1981 hunger strike, along with nine other strikers, protesting against the removal of Special Category Status from IRA prisoners. He had helped plot the 1976 Balmoral Furniture Company bombing.

 3 Gerry Adams

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast

 4 Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins
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Famous As: President of Ireland
Birthdate: April 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Limerick

Irish politician, Michael Higgins, took office as the ninth president of Ireland in November 2011. Previously, he served as minister for arts, culture, and the Gaeltacht and mayor of Galway. As the president, he has actively addressed issues related to justice, social equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism, and anti-racism. He is also a poet, writer, and sociologist.

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 5 Martin McGuinness

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK [now Derry City, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK]
Died: March 21, 2017

 6 Mary Robinson

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Famous As: Former President of Ireland
Birthdate: May 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballina, County Mayo

 7 John Hume

John Hume
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland
John Hume, founder of the SDLP, was a major figure in the Northern Ireland peace process. He became the only person to win all three major peace awards: the Nobel Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, and the Martin Luther King Award, and was “knighted” by Pope Benedict XVI.
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 8 Wolfe Tone

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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: June 20, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 19, 1798

 9 Leo Varadkar

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Famous As: Teachta Dála
Birthdate: January 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
Leo Varadkar is the Tánaiste, or deputy head, of Ireland. He has previously been the defense minister, the health minister, and the Fine Gael leader. Named to Time 100, he became the first openly gay Irish government head and the first Taoiseach, or Irish prime minister, of Indian origin.

 10 James Hewitt

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Famous As: Military Leaders
Birthdate: April 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK

 11 Ian Paisley

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Armagh
Died: September 12, 2014

Ian Paisley was a Northern Irish politician who served as Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party from 1971 to 2008. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the First Minister of Northern Ireland. Also a Protestant religious leader, Paisley is credited with co-founding the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, of which he was the leader until 2008.  

 12 Enda Kenny

Enda Kenny
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Famous As: Irish Politician
Birthdate: April 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castlebar

 13 Grace O'Malley

Grace O'Malley
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1530 AD
Birthplace: Umhaill, Ireland
Died: June 18, 1603

 14 Sister Nivedita

Sister Nivedita
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: October 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Died: October 13, 1911

 15 Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland

 16 Patrick Pearse

Patrick Pearse
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 10, 1879
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 3, 1916

Patrick Pearse was an Irish teacher, barrister, poet, writer, and revolutionary. He was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. Opinionated with radical views, he decided as a boy that he would dedicate his life to Irish freedom. A relentless idealist, he was executed after the Easter Rising and was immortalized as a symbol of the rebellion.

 17 Daniel O'Connell

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 6, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: nowrap Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Kingdom of Ireland Ireland
Died: May 15, 1847

 18 Brigid of Kildare

Brigid of Kildare
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0451 AD
Birthplace: Site of Battle of Faughart - 1318, Ireland
Died: February 1, 0525

 19 Norma Foley

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Tralee, County Kerry

 20 Mary McAleese

Mary McAleese
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Famous As: President ,Lawyer , Journalist, Politician
Birthdate: June 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfast

 21 Dana Rosemary Scallon

Dana Rosemary Scallon
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Islington, London, England

 22 Anne Marie Waters

Anne Marie Waters
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 23 Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern
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Famous As: Former Taoiseach
Birthdate: September 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Drumcondra, Dublin

 24 Hazel Chu

Hazel Chu
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 25 Arthur Griffith

Arthur Griffith
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Famous As: Former President of Dáil Éireann
Birthdate: March 31, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1922

 26 Robert Emmet

Robert Emmet
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Famous As: Revolutionary Leader
Birthdate: March 4, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 20, 1803

 27 Thomas Francis Meagher

Thomas Francis Meagher
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland
Died: July 1, 1867

 28 Brian Cowen

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Famous As: Taoiseach, politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clara

 29 Paddy Holohan

Paddy Holohan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tallaght, Ireland

 30 Douglas Hyde

Douglas Hyde
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Famous As: Former President of Ireland
Birthdate: January 17, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Castlerea
Died: July 12, 1949

 31 Aidan of Lindisfarne

Aidan of Lindisfarne
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0590 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: August 31, 0651

 32 Kitty Kiernan

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Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granard, Ireland
Died: July 25, 1945

 33 Mairead McGuinness

Mairead McGuinness
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland

 34 Columbanus

Columbanus
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 0540 AD
Birthplace: Leinster, Ireland
Died: January 1, 0615

 35 Eoin O'Duffy

Eoin O'Duffy
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Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lough Egish, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1944

 36 John Dominic Crossan

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Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: February 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland

Irish-American theologian John Dominic Crossan, who has previously been a Roman Catholic priest, was also associated with the Jesus Seminar. It is believed, he had quit Catholic priesthood to marry Margaret, his professor wife, and had then focused on teaching and writing. His written works include Who Killed Jesus?

 37 Thomas MacDonagh

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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cloughjordan, Ireland
Died: May 3, 1916

 38 Peter Lalor

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Birthdate: February 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Laois
Died: February 9, 1889

 39 Holly Cairns

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 40 Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet

Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet
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Famous As: politician, diplomat, officer
Birthdate: 1715 AD
Birthplace: County Meath
Died: July 11, 1774

 41 Frances Fitzgerald

Frances Fitzgerald
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Croom, Ireland

 42 W. T. Cosgrave

W. T. Cosgrave
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 6, 1880
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Inchicore, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 16, 1965

 43 Richard Steele

Richard Steele
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 12, 1672
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 1, 1729

 44 Helen McEntee

Helen McEntee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Navan, Ireland

 45 Terence MacSwiney

Terence MacSwiney
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: October 25, 1920

 46 Garret FitzGerald

Garret FitzGerald
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 19, 2011

 47 Katherine Zappone

Katherine Zappone
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 48 Jennifer Carroll MacNeill

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 49 Stephen Donnelly

Stephen Donnelly
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delgany, County Wicklow, Ireland

 50 Seán Lemass

Seán Lemass
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballybrack, Ireland
Died: May 11, 1971