Famous Irish Spiritual & Religious Leaders

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 1 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

 2 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
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 3 Ian Paisley

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.  

 4 Aidan of Lindisfarne

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

 5 Columbanus

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

 6 John Dominic Crossan

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?

 7 Edmund Ignatius Rice

Edmund Ignatius Rice
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Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: June 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: August 29, 1844
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 8 Clare Crockett

Clare Crockett
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: November 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died: April 16, 2016

 9 Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: September 29, 1778
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 11, 1841

 10 Saint Piran

Saint Piran
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Famous As: Abbot
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 0480 AD

 11 Saint Kilian

Saint Kilian
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Famous As: Bishop
Birthdate: 0640 AD
Birthplace: Mullagh, Ireland
Died: July 8, 0689

 12 Alexander Campbell

Alexander Campbell
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Famous As: Minister
Birthdate: September 12, 1788
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Broughshane, County Antrim, Ireland
Died: March 4, 1866

Alexander Campbell was a Scots-Irish immigrant who went on to become an ordained minister in America. He then joined forces with his father and led a reform effort, which came to be known as the Restoration Movement. Also referred to as the Stone-Campbell Movement, it helped develop non-denominational Christian churches. 

 13 Adomnán

Adomnán
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Famous As: Hagiographer
Birthdate: 0628 AD
Birthplace: Donegal, Ireland
Died: September 23, 0704

 14 Daniel Mannix

Daniel Mannix
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Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: March 4, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleville, Ireland
Died: November 6, 1963

 15 Isaac Halevi Herzog

Isaac Halevi Herzog
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Famous As: Chief Rabbi
Birthdate: December 3, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lomza, Poland
Died: July 25, 1959

 16 Cainnech of Aghaboe

Cainnech of Aghaboe
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0515 AD
Birthplace: County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Died: 0600 AD

 17 Ciarán of Clonmacnoise

Ciarán of Clonmacnoise
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0516 AD
Birthplace: Roscommon, Ireland
Died: 0549 AD

 18 U Dhammaloka

U Dhammaloka
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Famous As: Buddhist Monk
Birthdate: 1856 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1914 AD

 19 Paul Cullen

Paul Cullen
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Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: April 29, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narraghmore, County Kildare, Ireland
Died: October 24, 1878

 20 Fridolin of Säckingen

Fridolin of Säckingen
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Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 0538 AD

 21 Francis Makemie

Francis Makemie
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Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: 1658 AD
Birthplace: Ramelton, Ireland
Died: 1708 AD

 22 Marianus Scotus

Marianus Scotus
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Famous As: Chronicler
Birthdate: 1028 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: December 22, 1082

 23 Mary Frances Clarke

Mary Frances Clarke
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: March 2, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 4, 1887

 24 Mother Marie Joseph Butler

Mother Marie Joseph Butler
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: July 20, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: April 1, 1940

 25 Mother Teresa Lalor

Mother Teresa Lalor
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Famous As: Nun
Birthdate: 1769 AD
Birthplace: County Laois, Ireland
Died: September 9, 1846

 26 Julia McGroarty

Julia McGroarty
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Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: February 13, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Inver, Ireland
Died: November 12, 1901