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
Martin McDonaghMartin McDonagh
26 March 1970
Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker

Conor WoodmanConor Woodman
21 March 1974
Film Director

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
Bram StokerBram Stoker
08 November 1847
Creator of Dracula

Samuel BeckettSamuel Beckett
13 April 1906
Novelist, Playwright, Theater 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
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Brendan BehanBrendan Behan
09 February 1923
Irish poet

Thomas MooreThomas Moore
28 May 1779
Poet, Singer, Songwriter, & Entertainer
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

Roger CasementRoger Casement
01 September 1864
Diplomat, Writer, Poet
Frank McCourtFrank McCourt
19 August 1930
Writer

Lafcadio HearnLafcadio Hearn
27 June 1850
Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, University
Patrick PearsePatrick Pearse
10 November 1879
Poet, writer

Cecelia AhernCecelia Ahern
30 September 1981
Novelist

John BoyneJohn Boyne
30 April 1971
Writer

Eoin ColferEoin Colfer
14 May 1965
Irish author
Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
28 May 1939
Novelist
William Butler YeatsWilliam Butler Yeats
13 June 1865
Poet

John Millington SyngeJohn Millington Synge
16 April 1871
Playwright, Poet

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

Brian FrielBrian Friel
09 January 1929
Writer, Playwright, Theatre director, Politician
Mike HoareMike Hoare
17 March 1919
Mercenary, Accountant, Military personnel, Writer

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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