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Michael Collins
(Politician)
Michael Collins
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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.
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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1828 - 1830, 1834))
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
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Birthdate: May 1, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 14, 1852
Field Marshal Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, served as the British prime minister twice. He also served as the governor of Seringapatam and Mysore, and won the Battle of Assaye. He led the Hundred Days War and along with the Prussian army, won the Battle of Waterloo, defeating Napoleon.
 3 
Michael Higgins
(President of Ireland)
Michael Higgins
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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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 4 
Mary Robinson
(7th President of Ireland (1990 - 1997))
Mary Robinson
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Birthdate: May 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballina, Ireland

A seasoned lawyer and a Harvard and Trinity College alumna, politician Mary Robinson has also taught law at Trinity. The Labour Party member later rose to be Ireland’s first female president. She was also a founding member of the global group of peacekeepers and leaders The Elders.

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 5 
Charles Stewart Parnell
(Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party (1882 - 1891))
Charles Stewart Parnell
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Birthdate: June 27, 1846
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Avondale House, Rathdrum, Ireland
Died: October 6, 1891

Charles Stewart Parnell led both the Irish Parliamentary Party and the Home Rule League. A nationalist, he is remembered as one of the pioneering political leaders of Europe. However, his political image suffered a huge blow after he was dragged into an adultery scandal with Katherine O’Shea.

 6 
Constance Markievicz
(Politician)
Constance Markievicz
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Birthdate: February 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: July 15, 1927

Irish revolutionary political leader and suffragist Constance Markievicz scripted history by becoming the first woman to be elected as a cabinet minister in Europe and also the first female to be elected to the British Parliament. Sentenced to death for her role in the Easter Rising, she was later granted amnesty.

 7 
Gerry Adams
(Politician)
Gerry Adams
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Birthdate: October 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast

Gerry Adams is an Irish republican politician who served as the president of Sinn Féin between 1983 and 2018. He was also a Teachta Dála (TD) for Louth for nine years, from 2011 to 2020. He has been an important figure in the Northern Ireland peace process for almost four decades. He is also the author of several books. 

 8 
Wolfe Tone
(Irish Revolutionary Figure and One of the Founding Members in Belfast and Dublin of the 'United Irishmen')
Wolfe Tone
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Birthdate: June 20, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 19, 1798

Initially a lawyer, Wolfe Tone later ditched his practice to co-establish the Society of United Irishmen, aimed at ending the British reign in Ireland. A prominent face of the Irish Rebellion, he led French forces into Ireland during the 1798 rebellion. Sentenced to be hanged, he later slit his own throat and died.

 9 
Leo Varadkar
(Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment of Ireland )
Leo Varadkar
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Birthdate: January 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: 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 
Enda Kenny
(Irish Politician)
Enda Kenny
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Birthdate: April 24, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castlebar

Apart from serving as the prime minister of Ireland, former Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has also been his country’s defense minister. Initially a teacher, he stepped into politics after the death of his father, politician Henry Kenny. A public scandal involving a police whistleblower almost toppled his government.

 11 
Dana Rosemary Scallon
(Politician)
Dana Rosemary Scallon
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Birthdate: August 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Islington, London, England
 12 
Anne Marie Waters
(Politician)
Anne Marie Waters
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Birthdate: August 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Far-right British activist Anne Marie Waters initially joined the UK Independence Party, but after losing its leadership election to Henry Bolton, she formed For Britain, her own anti-Islam party. Her election manifesto promises to ban the burqa and the Sharia Law. The former Labour supporter had also launched the anti-Islam group Pegida UK.

 13 
Arthur Griffith
(Former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom (1918-1922))
Arthur Griffith
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Birthdate: March 31, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1922

Best known as the founder of the political party Sinn Féin, Arthur Griffith was also a journalist who launched the nationalist newspaper United Irishman. Though he didn’t participate in the Easter Rising, he was arrested and later released. He negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty and became the president of Dáil Éireann.

 14 
Mary Lou McDonald
(Politician)
Mary Lou McDonald
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Birthdate: May 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland

Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald scripted history when she became the first female leader of the opposition in Ireland. While she initially studied English literature, her later research interests included European affairs. She is also a fitness enthusiast and has taken to boxing to keep fit.

 15 
Daniel O'Connell
(Former Irish Member of Parliament for Clare (1828 - 1830))
Daniel O'Connell
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Birthdate: August 6, 1775
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland
Died: May 15, 1847

Daniel O'Connell, also known as The Liberator, was an Irish lawyer who later became a leader of Irish Catholics and was eventually elected to the UK Parliament. He was one of the first Catholics to become Lord Mayor of Dublin and one of the first great nationalist leaders of Ireland.

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Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley
(Politician)
Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley
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Birthdate: June 20, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dangan Castle, Ireland
Died: September 26, 1842
 17 
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Irish Politician, Playwright and Poet)
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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Birthdate: October 30, 1751
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 7, 1816

Irish-born playwright and satirist Richard Brinsley Sheridan is remembered for his plays such as The School for Scandal and A Trip to Scarborough. He owned Drury Lane Theatre in London and was known for reviving the Restoration comedy of manners, replete with stock characters and satire.

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Mary McAleese
(8th President of Ireland (1997 - 2011))
Mary McAleese
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Birthdate: June 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ardoyne, Ireland

Apart from being a qualified barrister, Mary McAleese also taught criminal law at the Trinity College and also worked as a journalist. She later joined Fianna Fáil and soon became Ireland’s second female president. She has also written several books, including an autobiography. She is known as a prominent LGBT activist.

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

Fianna Fáil leader and former prime minister of Ireland, Bertie Ahern made history as the second-longest-serving PM in Ireland’s history. Though it is believed he was educated at University College Dublin and LSE, the institutes don’t have any record of him having studied there. He is also an avid sports lover.

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Thomas Francis Meagher
(Politician)
Thomas Francis Meagher
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Birthdate: August 3, 1823
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Waterford, County Waterford, Ireland
Died: July 1, 1867
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Douglas Hyde
(Former President of Ireland)
Douglas Hyde
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Birthdate: January 17, 1860
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Castlerea
Died: July 12, 1949
 22 
Clare Daly
(Politician)
Clare Daly
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Birthdate: April 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newbridge, Ireland
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Eoin O'Duffy
(Irish Revolutionary Military Commander and Former Garda Commissioner (1922 - 1933))
Eoin O'Duffy
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Birthdate: January 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lough Egish, County Monaghan, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1944

Irish revolutionary leader and military commander Eoin O'Duffy led the liberal-conservative party Fine Gael. He also spearheaded the Irish paramilitary organization Blueshirts. He later lost a lot of his popularity due to his fascist ways and also made an unsuccessful attempt to help Francisco Franco in the Spanish Civil War.

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Andrew Browne Cunningham
(Naval Officer)
Andrew Browne Cunningham
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Birthdate: January 7, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 12, 1963
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Robert Erskine Childers
(Former Teachta Dála of Ireland)
Robert Erskine Childers
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Birthdate: June 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: November 24, 1922
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Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
(Statesman)
Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
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Birthdate: June 18, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 12, 1822
 27 
Edward Bruce
(High King of Ireland (1315–1318))
Edward Bruce
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Birthdate: 1275 AD
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: 1318 AD
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Erskine Hamilton Childers
(President)
Erskine Hamilton Childers
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Birthdate: December 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: November 17, 1974
 29 
Mick Wallace
(Politician)
Mick Wallace
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Birthdate: November 9, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland

Initially a property developer, Mick Wallace later joined politics with the left-wing Irish party Independents 4 Change. A member of the European Parliament, he has been controversy’s favorite child due to his comments such as Taiwan is part of China. He also faced financial issues and was declared bankrupt in 2016.

 30 
Edward Carson
(Former Attorney General for England and Wales)
Edward Carson
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Birthdate: February 9, 1854
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 22, 1935

Widely known as the uncrowned king of Ulster, Scottish-Irish unionist Edward Carson is best remembered for spearheading the resistance against the British government’s imposition of the Home Rule for Ireland. As a barrister, he was responsible for noted author Oscar Wilde’s conviction for homosexuality, which was illegal back then.

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Brian Cowen
(12th Taoiseach)
Brian Cowen
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Birthdate: January 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tullamore, Ireland
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Kitty Kiernan
(Revolutionary)
Kitty Kiernan
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Birthdate: January 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granard, Ireland
Died: July 25, 1945
 33 
Paddy Holohan
(Irish Politician and Retired Mixed Martial Artist)
Paddy Holohan
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Birthdate: May 3, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tallaght, Ireland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 34 
Terence MacSwiney
(Writer)
Terence MacSwiney
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Birthdate: March 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: October 25, 1920
 35 
Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet
(politician, diplomat, officer)
Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet
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Birthdate: 1715 AD
Birthplace: County Meath
Died: July 11, 1774
 36 
Norma Foley
(Politician)
Norma Foley
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Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: Tralee, County Kerry
 37 
Holly Cairns
(Politician)
Holly Cairns
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Birthdate: November 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
 38 
Thomas MacDonagh
(Poet)
Thomas MacDonagh
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Birthdate: February 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cloughjordan, Ireland
Died: May 3, 1916

Born to schoolteacher parents, Thomas MacDonagh initially aspired to be a missionary. However, he later taught English and French, and then focused on writing. The author of plays such as When the Dawn Is Come, MacDonagh later joined the Irish Volunteers and led the Easter Rising before being executed by shooting.

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Peter Lalor
(Irish-Australian Rebel and Politician)
Peter Lalor
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Birthdate: February 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Raheen, Ireland
Died: February 9, 1889
 40 
Seán Lemass
(Politician)
Seán Lemass
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Birthdate: July 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ballybrack, Ireland
Died: May 11, 1971
 41 
Thomas Langlois Lefroy
(MP for the constituency of Dublin University in 1830–1841, Lord Chief Justice of Ireland in 1852–1866)
Thomas Langlois Lefroy
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Birthdate: January 8, 1776
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: May 4, 1869
 42 
Richard Steele
(Writer)
Richard Steele
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Birthdate: March 12, 1672
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 1, 1729
 43 
Helen McEntee
(Politician)
Helen McEntee
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Birthdate: June 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Navan, Ireland
 44 
Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
(Author)
Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone
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Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Tír Eoghain
Died: July 20, 1616
 45 
Kevin Barry
(Revolutionary)
Kevin Barry
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Birthdate: January 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 1, 1920
 46 
Robert Emmet
(Revolutionary Leader)
Robert Emmet
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Birthdate: March 4, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 20, 1803
 47 
Jack Lynch
(Politician)
Jack Lynch
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Birthdate: August 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shandon, Cork, Ireland
Died: October 20, 1999
 48 
William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne
(Political Leaders)
William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne
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Birthdate: May 2, 1737
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: County Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 7, 1805
 49 
Hazel Chu
(Politician)
Hazel Chu
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 50 
Maud Gonne
(English-born Irish Republican Revolutionary, Suffragette & Actress)
Maud Gonne
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Birthdate: December 21, 1866
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tongham, England
Died: April 27, 1953

Maud Gonne not just co-founded the Sinn Féin party but also participated in the theater movement of W.B Yeats, who made her his muse and proposed to her many times, only to be rejected. An Irish nationalist, she also formed the Daughters of Ireland and acted in Yeats’s first play Cathleen ni Houlihan.