Top 30 most important and famous people from Ireland

My opinion about the most important or famous people from Ireland
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Last updated: January 23, 2023
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Painter, known for his raw, unsettling imagery. Focusing on the human form, his subjects included crucifixions, portraits of popes, self-portraits, and portraits of close friends, with abstracted figures sometimes isolated in geometrical structures
Francis Bacon
Writer, author of Gulliver's Travels
Jonathan Swift
Writer, author of The Vicar of Wakefield and The Deserted Village
Oliver Goldsmith
Writer, author of The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde
Writer, author of Dracula
Bram Stoker
Writer and key figure of XX century literature. He was a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival and became a pillar of the Irish literary establishment who helped to found the Abbey Theatre. Winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923
William Butler Yeats
Writer, author of Dubliners and Ulysses
James Joyce
Writer, author of Waiting for Godot, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969
Samuel Beckett
Playwright, author of Man and Superman, Pygmalion and Saint Joan, winner of Nobel Prize and Academy Award
George Bernard Shaw
Poet, author of Death of a Naturalist, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature in 1995
Seamus Heaney
Philosopher whose primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called immaterialism or subjective idealism
George Berkeley
Politician, called The Liberator, his mobilization of Catholic Ireland secured the final installment of Catholic emancipation in 1829 and allowed him to take a seat in the United Kingdom Parliament to which he had been twice elected
Daniel O'Connell
Politician who opposed British rule in Ireland, and was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916, commanding the Irish Citizen Army
James Connolly
The first modern chemist, one of the founders of modern chemistry, and one of the pioneers of modern experimental scientific method
Robert Boyle
Physicist known for his work with John Cockcroft to construct one of the earliest types of particle accelerator, winner of Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951
Ernest Walton
Physicist who made major contributions in optics, classical mechanics and abstract algebra. His work was fundamental to modern theoretical physics, particularly his reformulation of Newtonian mechanics
William Rowan Hamilton
Physicist and mathematician who made contributions to fluid mechanics, physical optics, with notable works on polarization and fluorescence, vector calculus and contributed to the theory of asymptotic expansions
George Stokes
Actor, famous for his roles in Daredevil and Alexander
Colin Farrell
Actor famous for his role as Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter films. He is also known for his supporting roles in films such as Braveheart and Troy
Brendan Gleeson
Actor known as the fifth actor to play secret agent James Bond in the Bond film series
Pierce Brosnan
Actor, famous for his role in Schindler's List
Liam Neeson
Actor, famous for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter film series
Michael Gambon
Actor, famous for his roles in The Last of the Mohicans, My Left Foot and Lincoln, three times winner of Academy Award
Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor, famous for his roles in Red Desert, This Sporting Life and Camelot
Richard Harris
Actor, famous for his role in Lawrence of Arabia
Peter O'Toole
Actress and singer, who became successful in Hollywood from the 1940s to the 1960s. She was a natural redhead who was known for playing passionate but sensible heroines, often in Westerns and adventure films
Maureen O'Hara
Composer and Celtic harper, considered by many to be Ireland's national composer
Turlough O'Carolan
Rock band, With or Without You, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
Footballer of 1990s and 2000s, legend of Manchester United
Roy Keane
Mixed martial artist former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight double-champion
Conor McGregor
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