Plays today may have taken a backseat with the advent of technology, but one cannot deny the exuberance of watching theatrical shows that obviously surpasses all. Play was one of the earliest forms of entertainment that emerged in the 16th and 17th century in various parts of the world. While initially intended to serve the political purpose of the administration, playwriting evolved with time to meet the needs of audience. The popularity of the medium led to a wider range of entertainment to be staged. More and more litterateurs ventured into playwriting. In Ireland, theatre and play began with the rise of the English administration. Though initially writers moved to Great Britain and United States to establish themselves in the field of playwriting, with the onset of the 20th century Irish playwrights established their reputation in Ireland only. Interestingly, the influence of Irish playwrights crossed oceans and was virtually over the entire globe. Names like Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, Seamus Justin Heaney, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Oliver Goldsmith have been apogees in the genre of playwriting. Their skill at picking every day events and bringing to life characters has been an indomitable force in playwriting. With this segment, read in details about the life and works of some of the most talented and outstandingly brilliant Irish playwrights.
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854
Playwright
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923
Irish poet

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet & Dramatist
Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930
Novelist

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939
Novelist

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright
John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist
Brian FrielBrian Friel
09 January 1929
Writer, Playwright, Theatre director, Politician

William TrevorWilliam Trevor
24 May 1928
Novelist

Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672
Writer

John B. KeaneJohn B. Keane
21 July 1928
Playwright

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780
Writer
Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet

Dion BoucicaultDion Boucicault
26 December 1820
Actor

Bill NaughtonBill Naughton
12 June 1910
Playwright

George FarquharGeorge Farquhar
1677 AD
Dramatist
Edward HarriganEdward Harrigan
26 October 1844
Actor

Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston
12 January 1930
Novelist
Molly KeaneMolly Keane
20 July 1904
Novelist

Walter MackenWalter Macken
03 May 1915
Writer

Hugh LeonardHugh Leonard
09 November 1926
Dramatist
Donagh MacDonaghDonagh MacDonagh
22 November 1912
Author

Edward MartynEdward Martyn
30 January 1859
Playwright
James PlunkettJames Plunkett
21 May 1920
Writer

Charles MacklinCharles Macklin
26 September 1690
Actor

John BanimJohn Banim
03 April 1798
Authors
Lennox RobinsonLennox Robinson
04 October 1886
Dramatist

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Giles CooperGiles Cooper
09 August 1918
Writer
Thomas SoutherneThomas Southerne
12 February 1660
Dramatist

John BroughamJohn Brougham
09 May 1814
Actor

Colm ToibinColm Toibin
30 May 1955
Novelist

Henry BrookeHenry Brooke
1703 AD
Novelist
John DenhamJohn Denham
1615 AD
Poet
Brendan Francis BehanBrendan Francis Behan
09 January 1923
Poet

Flann O'BrienFlann O'Brien
05 October 1911
Writer