Famous People From Ireland
There is no greater a bliss than sipping a mug of hot Irish coffee and reading works of an Irish writer. Pure ecstasy and for those who haven’t done either of those or both, you are definitely missing out in life! Ireland has produced some of the finest writers in literature who have spanned the length and breadth of the genre giving readers from across the globe a wealth of literary pieces to marvel at. Interestingly, Irish writers have dominated the literary world in all the genres, be it drama, novel, fiction, short story, philosophy, poetry or others. Who can forget Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’, James Joyce ‘Ulysses’, Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Good’, Brendan Behan’s ‘Borstal Boy’ or George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Major Barbara’? Each of their works has reflected the society, culture, traditions and heritage of Ireland. Through their masterpieces, they have touched the heart of many in Ireland and the rest of the world. Dig into this section and acquaint yourself with the life and works of the literary giants of Ireland. Who knows just by reading this you’ll get hooked to Irish coffee and Irish writers?
Oscar WildeOscar Wilde
16 October 1854
Playwright
George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856
Playwright

C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis
29 November 1898
Writer

James JoyceJames Joyce
02 February 1882
Writer

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847
Creator of Dracula

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667
Author and Satirist
Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974
Film Director
Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939
Poet

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779
Poet

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
George MooreGeorge Moore
24 February 1852
Irish novelist

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis
27 April 1904
Poet

Stephen GatelyStephen Gately
17 March 1976
Singer-songwriter

Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author
Frank McCourtFrank McCourt
19 August 1930
Writer

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
15 July 1919
Novelist
John BoyneJohn Boyne
30 April 1971
Writer

Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930
Novelist

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University
Rosanna DavisonRosanna Davison
17 April 1984
Model

Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
08 May 1958
Writer
Emma DonoghueEmma Donoghue
24 October 1969
Novelist

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939
Novelist

John BanvilleJohn Banville
08 December 1945
Novelist
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist

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Sheridan Le FanuSheridan Le Fanu
28 August 1814
Writer
Arthur GriffithArthur Griffith
31 March 1871
Former President of Dáil Éireann

Cecelia AhernCecelia Ahern
30 September 1981
Novelist

William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright
John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet
Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Bowen
07 June 1899
Novelist

Mike HoareMike Hoare
17 March 1919
Mercenary, Accountant, Military personnel, Writer

John Scotus EriugenaJohn Scotus Eriugena
0815 AD
Theologian

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768
Writer
William TrevorWilliam Trevor
24 May 1928
Novelist

Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672
Writer

Brian FrielBrian Friel
09 January 1929
Writer, Playwright, Theatre director, Politician

Thomas D'Arcy McGeeThomas D'Arcy McGee
13 April 1825
Politician

Eavan BolandEavan Boland
24 September 1944
Poet
George William RussellGeorge William Russell
10 April 1867
Poet

John McGahernJohn McGahern
12 November 1934
Writer
John B. KeaneJohn B. Keane
21 July 1928
Playwright

Oliver St. John GogartyOliver St. John Gogarty
17 August 1878
Poet

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780
Writer
Derek MahonDerek Mahon
23 November 1941
Poet

AdomnánAdomnán
0628 AD
Hagiographer
Saint GallSaint Gall
0550 AD
Saint

Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD
Poet

Joyce CaryJoyce Cary
07 December 1888
Novelist

George FarquharGeorge Farquhar
1677 AD
Dramatist

Dion BoucicaultDion Boucicault
26 December 1820
Actor
Freeman Wills CroftsFreeman Wills Crofts
01 June 1879
Author

Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet

Bill NaughtonBill Naughton
12 June 1910
Playwright

Charles Gavan DuffyCharles Gavan Duffy
12 April 1816
Journalist
William Edward Hartpole LeckyWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky
26 March 1838
Historian

Katharine TynanKatharine Tynan
23 January 1859
Writer
James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803
Poet

George BarringtonGeorge Barrington
14 May 1755
Author

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

Walter MackenWalter Macken
03 May 1915
Writer
Edith SomervilleEdith Somerville
02 May 1858
Writer

Richard Lovell EdgeworthRichard Lovell Edgeworth
31 May 1744
Politician

Sydney, Lady MorganSydney, Lady Morgan
25 December 1781
Writer
John Wilson CrokerJohn Wilson Croker
20 December 1780
Author

Hugh LeonardHugh Leonard
09 November 1926
Dramatist
Mary LavinMary Lavin
10 June 1912
Short Story Writer

Horace PlunkettHorace Plunkett
24 October 1854
Author

Edward MartynEdward Martyn
30 January 1859
Playwright

Robert Richard TorrensRobert Richard Torrens
31 May 1812
Writer
Edward HarriganEdward Harrigan
26 October 1844
Actor
Charles LeverCharles Lever
31 August 1806
Author

Robert Erskine ChildersRobert Erskine Childers
25 June 1870
Writer, Politician, Novelist

Thomas ParnellThomas Parnell
11 September 1679
Poet

Sedulius ScottusSedulius Scottus
Teacher
Donagh MacDonaghDonagh MacDonagh
22 November 1912
Author

Patrick MacGillPatrick MacGill
24 December 1889
Journalist, Poet

Charles MacklinCharles Macklin
26 September 1690
Actor

Edward DowdenEdward Dowden
03 May 1843
Critic

James PlunkettJames Plunkett
21 May 1920
Writer
Giles CooperGiles Cooper
09 August 1918
Writer

Benedict KielyBenedict Kiely
15 August 1919
Writer
Óengus of TallaghtÓengus of Tallaght
Saint

John ConnollyJohn Connolly
31 May 1968
Novelist
John BanimJohn Banim
03 April 1798
Authors
Samuel LoverSamuel Lover
24 February 1797
Songwriter