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

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974
Film Director

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856

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

Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847
Creator of Dracula

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729

Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667
Author and Satirist
Seamus HeaneySeamus Heaney
13 April 1939

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923
Irish poet

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779
W B YeatsW B Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet & Dramatist

C. Day LewisC. Day Lewis
27 April 1904
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
Roger CasementRoger Casement
01 September 1864
Diplomat, Writer, Poet

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University
John BanvilleJohn Banville
08 December 1945

Cecelia AhernCecelia Ahern
30 September 1981

John BoyneJohn Boyne
30 April 1971

Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author
Sheridan Le FanuSheridan Le Fanu
28 August 1814
Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

Arthur GriffithArthur Griffith
31 March 1871
Former President of Dáil Éireann

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939

William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

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Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
08 May 1958

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

Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672

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

Mike HoareMike Hoare
17 March 1919
Mercenary, Accountant, Military personnel, Writer
John McGahernJohn McGahern
12 November 1934

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

Brendan Francis BehanBrendan Francis Behan
09 January 1923
Anne Inez McCaffreyAnne Inez McCaffrey
01 April 1926

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Dorothea Cole Bowen
07 June 1899

Flann O'BrienFlann O'Brien
05 October 1911

Frank O'ConnorFrank O'Connor
17 September 1903

Liam O'FlahertyLiam O'Flaherty
28 August 1896