Famous Irish Media Personalities

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Graham Norton
(Best Known for His Comedy Chat Show ‘The Graham Norton Show’)
Graham Norton
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Birthdate: April 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clondalkin, Ireland

Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor, Graham Norton, is an eight-time BAFTA TV Award winner. He is best known for his comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. His innuendo-laden dialogue and flamboyant presentation style have made him a fan favorite. He is openly gay and is the winner of one Gaytime Award.

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Vogue Williams
(Television presenter)
Vogue Williams
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Birthdate: October 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Reality TV star Vogue Williams soared to fame with the show Fade Street. Initially a DJ, Vogue had also worked for Stellar magazine. She later won Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. She also once launched her own fitness bootcamp. Vogue is married to TV personality Spencer Matthews.

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Terry Wogan
(Radio and Television Broadcaster Known for His Radio Show ‘Wake Up to Wogan’ and Game Show ‘Blankety Blank’)
Terry Wogan
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Birthdate: August 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: January 31, 2016

Irish radio and TV broadcaster, Terry Wogan, is remembered for his long career with BBC. For over 15 years, his weekday breakfast program, Wake Up to Wogan, drew in millions of listeners. At the peak of his career, he was probably the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.  He was inducted into the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Louis Walsh
(Irish Music Manager & Television Personality)
Louis Walsh
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Birthdate: August 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kiltimagh, Ireland

Louis Walsh is an Irish TV personality and music manager. In the 1990s and 2000s, Walsh managed three of Ireland's most prominent pop acts— Westlife, Boyzone, and Johnny Logan. A controversial personality, Louis Walsh has been accused of sexual harassment and making homophobic comments in the past.

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Dara Ó Briain
(Irish Comedian and Television Presenter)
Dara Ó Briain
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Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland

Though he initially studied math, Dara Ó Briain later began his entertainment career as an RTE children’s show presenter and later soared to fame as a stand-up comedian. He is known for his signature style of saying “eh” at the end of his jokes. He has also penned columns and books.

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Veronica Guerin
(Journalist)
Veronica Guerin
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Birthdate: July 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 26, 1996

Veronica Guerin wasn’t just one of the most popular crime journalists of Ireland but also represented her country in both basketball and football. Her articles revolved around Irish drug lords and criminals, and she was eventually murdered by kingpin John Gilligan’s men while driving on the outskirts of Dublin.

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Conor Woodman
(Film Director)
Conor Woodman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway

Irish author, director, and broadcaster Conor Woodman is best known for hosting the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Starting his career as a financial analyst, he eventually became an investigative journalist. With time, he branched out into film-making as well. Also a fiction writer, he is planning to launch a novel series soon.

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Nicky Byrne
(Irish Singer-Songwriter and Television Presenter Best Known for Being a Member of the Pop Group 'Westlife')
Nicky Byrne
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Birthdate: October 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Once part of the popular Irish boy band Westlife, Nicky Byrne was initially a professional football player who was part of the Republic of Ireland junior team and the FA Youth Cup-winning team of Leeds United. He later also participated in shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

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Sharon Corr
(Singer)
Sharon Corr
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Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Best known as part of the Irish family band The Corrs, singer Sharon Corr is equally talented in instruments such as the violin and the guitar. Born to musician parents, she began playing for orchestras as a child. She opened up about her social anxiety disorder through her solo album.

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Annie Mac
(Irish DJ and TV Host)
Annie Mac
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Birthdate: July 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Popular Irish DJ and presenter Annie Mac made headlines when she quit BBC Radio 1 after a 17-year stint to take care of her children and focus on writing and podcasting. Known for hosting shows such as BBC Switch, she later also curated a music festival and wrote the bestselling book Mother Mother.

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Angela Scanlon
(Television presenter)
Angela Scanlon
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Birthdate: December 29, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ratoath, Ireland

Irish presenter Angela Scanlon started her career as a journalist and fashion expert, working for publications such as Grazia and Tatler. She later switched to TV with the documentary Oi Ginger! She later co-hosted The One Show, filling in for Alex Jones, who was on maternity leave.

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Keith Duffy
(Pop Rock Singer, Drummer and Actor Best Known as the Former Member of the Irish Boy Band 'Boyzone’)
Keith Duffy
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Birthdate: October 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donaghmede, Dublin, Ireland

Keith Duffy is an Irish singer-songwriter, drummer, television and radio presenter, and actor. He is best known for his association with the now-defunct Irish boy band, Boyzone. Apart from being a celebrity, Keith Duffy has also been an awareness campaigner for autism. He also organizes fundraising events to benefit a charity organization called Irish Autism Action.

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Gemma O'Doherty
(Journalist)
Gemma O'Doherty
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Birthdate: August 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ranelagh,Dublin, Ireland

Award-winning Irish journalist Gemma O'Doherty had initially been a teacher but later began her journalism career with the Irish Independent. She contested unsuccessfully in the Irish and European elections. Known for her volatile nature, she has been permanently banned by YouTube and was once fined for abusing the police.

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Ryan Tubridy
(TV Presenter, Broadcaster, writer)
Ryan Tubridy
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Birthdate: May 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Booterstown, Dublin, Ireland

One of Ireland’s best-known TV and radio presenters, Ryan Tubridy soared to fame with the radio show The Full Irish and then with The Ryan Tubridy Show. His talk shows revolve around Irish culture and politics. He has also penned several books, such as The Irish Are Coming and JFK in Ireland.

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Donal Skehan
(Television personality)
Donal Skehan
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Birthdate: June 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Howth, Dublin, Ireland

Irish TV presenter Donal Skehan is not just popular for his food and cooking shows such as Follow Donal, but is also a well-known YouTuber. Known for his award-winning cookbooks and food blogs, he has also been part of the band Streetwize and is a passionate photographer.

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Jim Norton
(Film actor)
Jim Norton
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Birthdate: January 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland

Known for repeatedly appearing as a clergyman in plays, series, and films, Irish actor Jim Norton is most popular as Bishop Brennan from the sitcom Father Ted. His performance in the play The Weir earned him a Laurence Olivier nomination, whereas he won both the Tony and the Olivier for The Seafarer.

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Amanda Byram
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Birthdate: June 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Irish model and TV presenter Amanda Byram is best known to audiences for co-hosting Total Wipeout. She was also part of the reality show Paradise Hotel and hosted the 2003 Miss World pageant and the Irish version of the popular dance reality show Dancing with the Stars.

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Grace Gifford
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Birthdate: March 4, 1888
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 13, 1955

Immortalized in the Irish ballad Grace, Irish cartoonist Grace Gifford was a regular contributor to many reputed publications such as The Irish Review. She was part of the Republican movement and married her lover Joseph Plunkett just hours before he was killed by firing squad for his invoolvement in the Easter Rising.

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Clodagh McKenna
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Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blackrock, Ireland

Irish celebrity chef, cookbook author, and presenter Clodagh McKenna is best known for her appearances on shows such as This Morning. She is married to the Queen’s godson, British aristocrat Harry Herbert. Known for popularizing Irish recipes in the US, she has also written culinary columns.

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Edele Lynch
(Singer-songwriter)
Edele Lynch
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Birthdate: December 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Once the face of the Irish pop group B*Witched, Edele Lynch also won Celebrity Apprentice Ireland in 2013. She reportedly lost all her investments in property and disappeared during the Celtic Tiger recession. She now lives in Manchester with her 3 children that she had with her former husband.

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Nauheed Cyrusi
(Actress, Model and VJ)
Nauheed Cyrusi
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Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Nauheed Cyrusi is an Indian model, actress, and VJ. Cyrusi is best known for appearing in TV commercials for well-known brands like Head & Shoulders, Britannia, and Himalaya. Over the years, Cyrusi has become a household name in India, thanks to her acting skills and visibility across the country.

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Alexander Cockburn
(Journalist)
Alexander Cockburn
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Birthdate: June 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: July 21, 2012

Born in Scotland, Irish-American journalist Alexander Cockburn is best remembered as the co-editor of CounterPunch. The son of British journalist Claud Cockburn, Alexander had written for publications such as Village Voice and the LA Times. He also wrote politically relevant books such as Corruptions of Empire.

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Orla Guerin
(Journalist)
Orla Guerin
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Birthdate: May 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Irish journalist and presenter Orla Guerin is best known as a BBC Middle East correspondent. She has had a long stint working from Jerusalem and is now based in Turkey. With multiple honors, such as the Jacobs Award, in her kitty, she is known as one of the best war reporters from Ireland.

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Michelle Rocca
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Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Former model and Miss Ireland winner Michelle Rocca is also known as the ex-wife of footballer John Devine. A descendant of the founder of Rocca Tiles, Michelle was also married to singer Van Morrison and appeared on the cover of one of his albums. She has also presented Miss World 1990 and Eurovision.

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Latif Yahia
(Former Iraqi Military Officer Who Played a Prominent Role in the Iran–Iraq War)
Latif Yahia
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Birthdate: June 14, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baghdad, Iraq

Latif Yahia is an Iraqi former military officer who played a prominent role in the Iran–Iraq War. He achieved popularity when he claimed that he had been Uday Saddam Hussein's body double for many years, although his claims have been challenged by many. Yahia's claims inspired the 2011 film The Devil's Double, where he was played by Dominic Cooper.

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Niall Breslin
(Musician)
Niall Breslin
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Birthdate: October 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Artane, Dublin, Ireland

Apart from being a talented musician, associated with the pop band The Blizzards, Niall Breslin has also been a rugby player, a Gaelic footballer, and an award-winning author. He is one of Ireland’s best-known mental health advocates, too, with his own mental-health podcasts, and owns the charity A Lust For Life.

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John Waters
(Columnist, Writer)
John Waters
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Birthdate: May 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castlerea, County Roscommon, Ireland
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Sinead Burke
(Writer)
Sinead Burke
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Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Suffering from achondroplasia, a disorder that leads to dwarfism, Sinead Burke rose to be a disability activist, highlighting the issues faced by disabled people in terms of fashion choices. The first dwarf to attend the Met Gala, Burke is also a bestselling author, a TED Talk speaker, and an influencer.

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Donal MacIntyre
(Irish investigative journalist who has written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and The Sunday Tribune)
Donal MacIntyre
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Birthdate: January 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Emma Dabiri
(Writer)
Emma Dabiri
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Birthdate: March 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Born to an Irish mother and a Nigerian father, Dublin-born Emma Dabiri spent her initial years in the US before returning to Ireland. A teaching fellow at the SOAS, she is also the bestselling author of Don't Touch My Hair and other books that depict the reality of racism.

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Eoghan McDermott
(Television presenter)
Eoghan McDermott
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Birthdate: April 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
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Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain
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Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Carnacon, Ireland
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Rachel Wyse
(Journalist)
Rachel Wyse
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Birthdate: January 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blackrock, Dublin, Ireland
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Al Porter
(Comedian)
Al Porter
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Birthdate: January 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland

Actor, comedian, and presenter Al Porter is known for shows such as Blind Date and It's Not Me, It's You. The Irish performer, who began acting at 10, later also became a popular host on Today FM. Though accused of sexually assaulting multiple people, all charges against him were later dropped.

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Thomas D'Arcy McGee
(Former Member of the Canadian Parliament for Montreal West (1867 - 1868))
Thomas D'Arcy McGee
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Birthdate: April 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carlingford, Ireland
Died: April 7, 1868

Thomas D'Arcy McGee was an Irish-Canadian politician, Catholic spokesman, journalist, and poet. As a young man, he opposed British rule in Ireland and was in favor of creating an independent Irish Republic. He later became conservative in his beliefs and moved to Canada. He helped create the Canadian Confederation in 1867 but was assassinated the following year.  

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Cornelius Ryan
(Journalist)
Cornelius Ryan
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Birthdate: June 5, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 23, 1974
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Joseph O'Connor
(Novelist)
Joseph O'Connor
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Birthdate: September 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
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Simon Delaney
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Birthdate: September 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
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Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh
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Birthdate: February 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland
Died: March 21, 1978
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Jacquie Beltrao
(Sports presenter, Rhythmic gymnast)
Jacquie Beltrao
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Birthdate: April 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Anna Nolan
(Television presenter)
Anna Nolan
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Birthdate: October 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Anna Nolan created ripples as a lesbian former nun in the first season of Big Brother, where she ended up as the runner-up. The popular TV personality later hosted shows such as The Great Irish Bake Off and The Afternoon Show. She also led the production company Coco Television as its development head.

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Glenda Gilson
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Birthdate: March 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland
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Riyadh Khalaf
(Television producer)
Riyadh Khalaf
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Birthdate: February 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland

Apart from launching a pirate radio station at age 16, Riyadh Khalaf also became a successful YouTuber pretty early. A prominent LGBTQ+ advocate, he has been part of queer-centric documentaries and has penned a book on LGBTQ issues. He won season 15 of Celebrity MasterChef and has appeared on podcasts, too.

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Patrick Cockburn
(Journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times since 1979)
Patrick Cockburn
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Birthdate: March 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ireland
George William Russell
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Birthdate: April 10, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lurgan Tarry, County Armagh,Ireland
Died: July 17, 1935
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Mike Murphy
(Broadcaster)
Mike Murphy
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Birthdate: October 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Anna Geary
(Camogie player)
Anna Geary
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Birthdate: July 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
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Joanne Cantwell
(Sports presenter)
Joanne Cantwell
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Birthplace: Ireland
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Blindboy Boatclub
(Musician, TV Presenter)
Blindboy Boatclub
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Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland

David Chambers, better known as Blindboy Boatclub, soared to fame as part of the Limerick-based Irish hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits. Known for his signature style of using plastic shopping bags as face coverings, he also runs a podcast, has written two bestsellers, and manages a Twitch stream.

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Martha Kearney
(Journalist)
Martha Kearney
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Birthdate: October 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland