Famous Irish - Irish Celebrities

Think there is nothing more to Ireland than its own "beer-soaked revelries" and its sexiest nationalities? If yes, then you really need to sit up and read intently about the lives, struggles, and accomplishments of some of world's famous Irish people that will not just fill you with deep admiration, but will leave your jaws hanging on the floor. That is right! While beer, revelry and revolution has always been some of the essential components of an Irish life, amid all the fight, fun, wit and wisdom there is this impressive lot of extraordinary Irish people who have made significant contribution to the world in their own unique way. From heralded scribes and ingenious inventors to national heroes and a credulous intelligence unit, this land of luck, literature and leprechauns have marked an indelible place in the heart of the world, thanks to these great people. Pour yourself a pint and grab that bag of crisps as you take a glimpse down the inspiring lives of Ireland's famous people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts wrapped up in their biographies below.

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The Most Famous Irish

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Leo VaradkarJanuary 18, 1979IrishCam Leo Varadkar is the current Taoiseach—the Prime Minister—of the Republic of Ireland
Lindy TsangDecember 6, 1986IrishLindy Tsang is a Chinese-Irish YouTuber
Jack DuffJuly 6, 1999IrishJack Duff is a music artist from Ireland
Mary GleesonIrishMary (née Weldon) is the celebrity wife of accomplished Irish actor and film director Brendan Gleeson.
Yvonne McGuinnessOctober 12, 1972IrishYvonne McGuinness is an Irish multimedia artist
Barry HerridgeAugust 10, 1973IrishBarry Herridge is an Irish psychotherapist and the fourth husband of famous Irish singer and songwriter Sinéad O’Çonnor
Greg HoranFebruary 11, 1988IrishGreg Horan is the elder brother of 'One Direction' member Niall Horan
Evanna LynchAugust 16, 1991IrishEvanna Patricia Lynch is a popular Irish actress and model
Conor McGregorJuly 14, 1988IrishConor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist
Dylan MoranNovember 3, 1971IrishDylan Moran is a stand-up comedian and actor best known for his observational comedy

Bram Stoker

Bram Stoker was a master diction writer who created the popular character Dracula, with his masterpiece of the same name

IrishNovember 8, 1847139 views

Bob Geldof

Bob Geldof is an Irish singer-songwriter, author, a political activist and an occasional actor

IrishOctober 5, 1951160 views

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, literary critic and a fervent socialist who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

IrishJuly 26, 1856115 views

Jacksepticeye

Seán William McLoughlin, aka jacksepticeye, is an Irish YouTube star, producer, game commentator, and social media personality

IrishFebruary 7, 1990134 views

Betty Williams

Betty Williams is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and the co-founder of Community of Peace People

Northern IrishMay 22, 1943153 views

Anne Sullivan

A brilliant Irish-American teacher who taught Helen Keller, who was a blind, deaf and mute girl, how to communicate, Anne Sullivan was a coach in Radcliffe College

AmericanApril 14, 1866149 views

Peter O'Toole

Peter Seamus O'Toole was a British-Irish stage and film actor

IrishAugust 2, 1932116 views

Richard Todd

Richard Andrew Palethorpe Todd was an Irish-born British military officer and film actor

IrishJune 11, 1919242 views

Ernest Walton

Ernest Walton was an Irish physicist who shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics with John Crockcroft for their work on splitting the atomic nucleus

IrishOctober 6, 1903118 views

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Corrigan is a peace activist who co-founded Community for Peace People with Ciaran McKeown and Betty Williams

IrishJanuary 27, 1944100 views