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

George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw
26 July 1856
Playwright

James JoyceJames Joyce
02 February 1882
Writer

Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater Director
Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
12 January 1729
Statesman

Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847
Creator of Dracula

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974
Film Director
Jonathan SwiftJonathan Swift
30 November 1667
Author and Satirist

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan
16 April 1918
Comedian
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

Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author

Eavan BolandEavan Boland
24 September 1944
Poet
Iris MurdochIris Murdoch
15 July 1919
Poet, Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, Biographer

Frank McCourtFrank McCourt
19 August 1930
Writer
Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University

John BoyneJohn Boyne
30 April 1971
Writer

Roddy DoyleRoddy Doyle
08 May 1958
Writer
Edna O'BrienEdna O'Brien
15 December 1930
Novelist

Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939
Novelist
Arthur GriffithArthur Griffith
31 March 1871
Former President of Dáil Éireann

Cecelia AhernCecelia Ahern
30 September 1981
Novelist

John BanvilleJohn Banville
08 December 1945
Novelist
William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet

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Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of DunsanyEdward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
24 July 1878
Dramatist
Richard Brinsley SheridanRichard Brinsley Sheridan
30 October 1751
Poet, Politician, Librettist, Writer, Playwright

Sheridan Le FanuSheridan Le Fanu
28 August 1814
Writer

John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

Elizabeth Dorothea Cole BowenElizabeth Bowen
07 June 1899
Novelist
Maria EdgeworthMaria Edgeworth
01 January 1768
Writer
Mike HoareMike Hoare
17 March 1919
Mercenary, Accountant, Military personnel, Writer

John Scotus EriugenaJohn Scotus Eriugena
0815 AD
Theologian

William TrevorWilliam Trevor
24 May 1928
Novelist

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

Richard SteeleRichard Steele
12 March 1672
Writer

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
Derek MahonDerek Mahon
23 November 1941
Poet

Charles MaturinCharles Maturin
25 September 1780
Writer
Oliver St. John GogartyOliver St. John Gogarty
17 August 1878
Poet

AdomnánAdomnán
0628 AD
Hagiographer

Padraic ColumPadraic Colum
08 December 1881
Poet
Nahum TateNahum Tate
1652 AD
Poet

Saint GallSaint Gall
0550 AD
Saint
Dion BoucicaultDion Boucicault
26 December 1820
Actor

Joyce CaryJoyce Cary
07 December 1888
Novelist

Bill NaughtonBill Naughton
12 June 1910
Playwright

George FarquharGeorge Farquhar
1677 AD
Dramatist

Edward HarriganEdward Harrigan
26 October 1844
Actor
William Edward Hartpole LeckyWilliam Edward Hartpole Lecky
26 March 1838
Historian

James Clarence ManganJames Clarence Mangan
01 May 1803
Poet

Freeman Wills CroftsFreeman Wills Crofts
01 June 1879
Author

Charles Gavan DuffyCharles Gavan Duffy
12 April 1816
Journalist
George BarringtonGeorge Barrington
14 May 1755
Author

Jennifer JohnstonJennifer Johnston
12 January 1930
Novelist
Katharine TynanKatharine Tynan
23 January 1859
Writer

Walter MackenWalter Macken
03 May 1915
Writer

Edith SomervilleEdith Somerville
02 May 1858
Writer
Molly KeaneMolly Keane
20 July 1904
Novelist

Hugh LeonardHugh Leonard
09 November 1926
Dramatist
Richard Lovell EdgeworthRichard Lovell Edgeworth
31 May 1744
Politician

Donagh MacDonaghDonagh MacDonagh
22 November 1912
Author

Horace PlunkettHorace Plunkett
24 October 1854
Author
Edward MartynEdward Martyn
30 January 1859
Playwright

Robert Erskine ChildersRobert Erskine Childers
25 June 1870
Writer, Politician, Novelist
John Wilson CrokerJohn Wilson Croker
20 December 1780
Author

Charles LeverCharles Lever
31 August 1806
Author

Mary LavinMary Lavin
10 June 1912
Short Story Writer

Thomas ParnellThomas Parnell
11 September 1679
Poet
James PlunkettJames Plunkett
21 May 1920
Writer
Charles MacklinCharles Macklin
26 September 1690
Actor

Edward DowdenEdward Dowden
03 May 1843
Critic

Patrick MacGillPatrick MacGill
24 December 1889
Journalist, Poet

Giles CooperGiles Cooper
09 August 1918
Writer
Mícheál Ó CléirighMícheál Ó Cléirigh
1590 AD
Chronicler

John ConnollyJohn Connolly
31 May 1968
Novelist

John BanimJohn Banim
03 April 1798
Authors

Lennox RobinsonLennox Robinson
04 October 1886
Dramatist

Samuel LoverSamuel Lover
24 February 1797
Songwriter
John Kells IngramJohn Kells Ingram
07 July 1823
Economist

Thomas SoutherneThomas Southerne
12 February 1660
Dramatist
Benedict KielyBenedict Kiely
15 August 1919
Writer

Terence de Vere WhiteTerence de Vere White
29 April 1912
Lawyer
Charles WolfeCharles Wolfe
14 December 1791
Poet
Marianus ScotusMarianus Scotus
1028 AD
Chronicler