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

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847
Creator of Dracula

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856
Playwright

James JoyceJames Joyce
02 February 1882
Writer
Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974
Film Director

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman
Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667
Author and Satirist

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian
Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939
Poet

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923
Irish poet

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779
Poet

W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet & Dramatist
C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis
27 April 1904
Poet

George MooreGeorge Moore
24 February 1852
Irish novelist

Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
15 July 1919
Poet, Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, Biographer

Frank McCourtFrank McCourt
19 August 1930
Writer
Arthur GriffithArthur Griffith
31 March 1871
Former President of Dáil Éireann

John BoyneJohn Boyne
30 April 1971
Writer
Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University

Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930
Novelist

Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author
Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
08 May 1958
Writer

Cecelia AhernCecelia Ahern
30 September 1981
Novelist
John BanvilleJohn Banville
08 December 1945
Novelist

Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet
Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939
Novelist

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Sheridan Le FanuSheridan Le Fanu
28 August 1814
Writer
John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

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

Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672
Writer

Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768
Writer
Brian FrielBrian Friel
09 January 1929
Writer, Playwright, Theatre director, Politician
Thomas D'Arcy McGeeThomas D'Arcy McGee
13 April 1825
Politician

William TrevorWilliam Trevor
24 May 1928
Novelist

Eavan BolandEavan Boland
24 September 1944
Poet

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780
Writer
John McGahernJohn McGahern
12 November 1934
Writer

Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet

Joyce CaryJoyce Cary
07 December 1888
Novelist

William Edward Hartpole LeckyWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky
26 March 1838
Historian

Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD
Poet
Oliver St. John GogartyOliver St. John Gogarty
17 August 1878
Poet

James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803
Poet
George FarquharGeorge Farquhar
1677 AD
Dramatist

Edward HarriganEdward Harrigan
26 October 1844
Actor

Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston
12 January 1930
Novelist
Derek MahonDerek Mahon
23 November 1941
Poet

Katharine TynanKatharine Tynan
23 January 1859
Writer
John ConnollyJohn Connolly
31 May 1968
Novelist

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

Patrick MacGillPatrick MacGill
24 December 1889
Journalist, Poet

Colm ToibinColm Toibin
30 May 1955
Novelist

Brendan Francis BehanBrendan Francis Behan
09 January 1923
Poet
Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
07 June 1899
 

Anne Inez McCaffreyAnne Inez McCaffrey
01 April 1926
Writer

Flann O'BrienFlann O'Brien
05 October 1911
Writer

Frank O'ConnorFrank O'Connor
17 September 1903
Writer
Liam O'FlahertyLiam O'Flaherty
28 August 1896
Writer

Nuala O'FaolainNuala O'Faolain
01 March 1940
Journalist