Famous Irish Novelists

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 1 Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde.
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Famous As: Poet, Playwright
Birthdate: October 16, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1900

Widely regarded as one of the most popular writers of all time, Oscar Wilde is best remembered for his plays and epigrams. He was also one of the best-known personalities during his time as he was popular for his conversational skills, flamboyant dressing sense, and biting wit. Imprisoned in 1895 for consensual homosexual acts, Oscar Wilde was pardoned posthumously in 2017.

 2 James Joyce

James Joyce.
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Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Short Story writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rathgar, Ireland
Died: January 13, 1941

James Joyce was an Irish novelist, poet, teacher, short story writer, and literary critic. Widely considered one of the 20th century's most important and influential writers, James Joyce contributed immensely to the modernist avant-garde movement. Joyce's work has influenced several scholars and writers, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Salman Rushdie, Seán Ó Ríordáin, Flann O'Brien, John Updike, and Cormac McCarthy.

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 3 Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift.
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Famous As: Novelist & Satirist
Birthdate: November 30, 1667
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 19, 1745

Eighteenth-century essayist, poet, and pamphleteer Jonathan Swift is remembered for his iconic works such as A Tale of a Tub, A Modest Proposal, and Gulliver's Travels. One of the world’s greatest satirists, he gave rise to the deadpan Swiftian style. He had also been the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

 4 Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett.
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director
Birthdate: April 13, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Foxrock, Ireland
Died: December 22, 1989

Samuel Beckett was a legendary Nobel Prize-winning Irish postmodernist and minimalist playwright and author, regarded as a prominent figure of the "Theatre of the Absurd.” He is best known for the play Waiting for Godot and for his tragi-comic themes and black comedy. He was also the Saoi of Aosdána.

 5 Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker.
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Famous As: Creator of Dracula
Birthdate: November 8, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 20, 1912
Irish author Bram Stoker wrote the iconic Gothic novel Dracula, which has inspired scores of movies over the years. The Victorian-era author also served as the personal assistant of actor Sir Henry Irving and managed the Lyceum Theatre, which was owned by Irving. He had also written many short stories.

 6 Tana French

Tana French.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vermont, United States

Tana French is an American-Irish theatrical actress and writer. She is best known for her first novel, In the Woods, which received several prestigious awards, such as the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Macavity Award, Anthony Award, and Barry Award. Over the years, Tana French has become an important name among fiction readers across the world.

 7 Colm Toibin

Colm Toibin
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland
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 8 Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith.
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Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: November 10, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ballymahon
Died: April 4, 1774

Oliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish novelist, poet, and playwright. Described by his contemporaries as a disorganized and impetuous person, Goldsmith is best remembered for his works, such as The Vicar of Wakefield, The Deserted Village, and She Stoops to Conquer. A respected writer, Goldsmith's statue has been erected in several places, including the Trinity College, Dublin.

 9 Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tuamgraney, County Clare, Ireland

 10 Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 11 Pauline McLynn

Pauline McLynn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

 12 Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland

 13 John Boyne

John Boyne
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin

 14 Darren Shan

Darren Shan
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

 15 Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: February 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosses Point, Ireland

Neil Jordan is a screenwriter, film director, short-story writer, and novelist. In 1979, his book Night in Tunisia earned him the Guardian Fiction Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. In 1992, he received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his work in the film The Crying Game. He is also credited with creating a TV series called The Borgias.

 16 Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 17 Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dalkey, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland
Died: July 30, 2012

 18 John Banville

John Banville
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 8, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland

 19 John Connolly

John Connolly
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 20 Sheridan Le Fanu

Sheridan Le Fanu
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 7, 1873

 21 Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland

 22 Liam O'Flaherty

Liam O'Flaherty
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inishmore, Ireland
Died: September 7, 1984

 23 Patrick Kavanagh

Patrick Kavanagh
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 21, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Inniskeen, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1967

 24 Liam O'Flaherty

Liam O'Flaherty
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 28, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inishmore, Ireland
Died: September 7, 1984

 25 Sebastian Barry

Sebastian Barry
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 26 Flann O'Brien

Flann O'Brien
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strabane, Ireland
Died: April 1, 1966

 27 Amanda McKittrick Ros

Amanda McKittrick Ros
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 8, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Drumaness, County Down, Ireland
Died: February 2, 1939

 28 Anne Enright

Anne Enright
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 29 Jason Byrne

Jason Byrne
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 30 Robert Erskine Childers

Robert Erskine Childers
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Novelist
Birthdate: June 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glendalough
Died: November 24, 1922

 31 Ken Bruen

Ken Bruen
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: 1951 AD
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland

 32 Caitlín R. Kiernan

Caitlín R. Kiernan
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Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: May 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skerries, Ireland

 33 Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

 34 Dominic Behan

Dominic Behan
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 3, 1989

 35 John B. Keane

John B. Keane
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Listowel, Ireland
Died: May 30, 2002

 36 Michael Scott

Michael Scott
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 37 Brendan Graham

Brendan Graham
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Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

 38 Naoise Dolan

Naoise Dolan
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 14, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 39 Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland

 40 Annabel Davis-Goff

Annabel Davis-Goff
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ireland

 41 John McGahern

John McGahern
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 12, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leitrim, Ireland
Died: March 30, 2006

 42 Francis Sheehy-Skeffington

Francis Sheehy-Skeffington
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 23, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bailieborough, Ireland
Died: April 26, 1916

 43 Nuala O'Faolain

Nuala O'Faolain
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 9, 2008

 44 Thomas Mayne Reid

Thomas Mayne Reid
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: April 4, 1818
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ballyroney, Ireland
Died: October 22, 1883

 45 Jamie O'Neill

Jamie O'Neill
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: January 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

 46 Michael Harding

Michael Harding
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1953 AD
Birthplace: Cavan, Ireland

 47 Ethel Voynich

Ethel Voynich
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: May 11, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ballintemple, Cork, Ireland
Died: July 27, 1960

 48 Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mullingar, Ireland
Died: February 20, 2009

 49 Louise O'Neill

Louise O'Neill
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Famous As: Children's writer
Birthdate: 1985 AD
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 50 Joyce Cary

Joyce Cary
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Londonderry, Ireland
Died: March 29, 1957