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list of Irish people who were born on the island of Ireland and have lived there for most of their lives. Also included on the list are people who were not born in Ireland, but have been raised as Irish, have lived there for most of their lives or have adopted Irish citizenship (e.g., Daniel Day-Lewis). The names are sorted by surname. Art [edit ] Architecture [edit ] Actors [edit ] Aidan Turner – actor, Born: June 19, 1983. Better known as John Mitchell (Being Human - BBC) and Kili (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) Sara Allgood – actress Jonas Armstrong – actor, star of the BBC series Robin Hood Spranger Barry – actor Patrick Bergin – film actor Sarah Bolger – actress, notably The Tudors (Princess Mary Tudor), Spiderwick Chronicles, Princess Aurora in Once Upon a Time Stephen Boyd – film actor Kenneth Branagh – actor on stage, film and TV, The Harry Potter movies Brid Brennan – actress George Brent – Hollywood actor Harry Brogan – actor Pierce Brosnan – actor, best known as from 1994 to 2005 James Bond Gabriel Byrne – TV and film actor Todd Carty – TV stage film actor and director Elaine Cassidy – film actress Tony Clarkin – actor/ stage/ TV/ radio/ film and voice over artist Kerry Condon – actress Micheal Colgan – actor D'Arcy Corrigan – Hollywood actor Catherine Cusack – stage and TV actor, daughter of Cyril Cusack Cyril Cusack – actor of stage, film and TV (born in South Africa) Niamh Cusack – TV actress, daughter of Cyril Cusack Sinéad Cusack – stage, film and TV actress, daughter of Cyril Cusack, married to Jeremy Irons Sorcha Cusack – film and TV actress, daughter of Cyril Cusack Daniel Day-Lewis – English-born Oscar winner Thomas Doggett – actor Alison Doody – actress, best known for her role in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Jamie Dornan - actor/former model. The Huntsman in Once Upon a Time. Best known for roles in The Fall and upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey Roma Downey – actor, best known for her role as Monica in the TV series Touched by an Angel Tommy Duggan (actor) – actor Ada Dyas – actress Hilton Edwards – co-founder of the Gate Theatre, born in UK Colin Farrell – Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender – Hollywood actor, born in Germany Barry Fitzgerald – Abbey Theatre actor turned Hollywood star Fionnula Flanagan – actress Brenda Fricker – Oscar winner Bronagh Gallagher – actress Michael Gambon – theatre, TV and film actor, e.g. Harry Potter films Charles K. Gerrard – Hollywood actor Douglas Gerrard – Hollywood actor Aidan Gillen – actor, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Queer as Folk (UK) Brendan Gleeson – actor, e.g. Harry Potter films Domhnall Gleeson – actor Brian Gleeson – actor Richard Harris – actor, e.g. Harry Potter films Forrester Harvey – Hollywood actor Amy Joyce Hastings – actress Amy Huberman – actress Valene Kane - actress (The Fading Light) Brendan Kelly – actor David Kelly – actor J. M. Kerrigan – Abbey actor Joanne King – actress Dervla Kirwan – actress, Ballykissangel, Goodnight Sweetheart Evanna Lynch – actress, e.g. Harry Potter films Joe Lynch – TV actor Gerard McCarthy – actor, Hollyoaks Sean McClory - actor F. J. McCormick – Abbey actor Micheál Mac Liammhóir – co-founder of the Gate Theatre, born in UK Damian McGinty - TV actor " Glee" Patrick McGoohan – actor and creator of The Prisoner Barry McGovern – Stage, Film and TV actor Katie McGrath – Film and TV actress Gerard McSorley - actor Colm Meaney – Hollywood actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Film and TV actor Charles Mitchel – actor and newsreader Damien Molony - (stage and television actor) Colin Morgan – TV actor Edward Mulhare – actor, Captain Daniel Gregg in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and Knight Rider Cillian Murphy – actor Devon Murray – actor, Seamus Finnigan in the movies Harry Potter Liam Neeson – actor Jim Norton – Character actor Colin O'Donoghue - actor, former member of The Enemies. Best known for playing Captain Hook in Once Upon A Time Chris O'Dowd – actor and comedian Ardal O'Hanlon – actor and comedian Joan O'Hara – actress Maureen O'Hara – actress Jason O'Mara - actor Milo O'Shea – actor Robert Sheehan - actor Maureen O'Sullivan – actor, mother of Mia Farrow Peter O'Toole – Oscar winner Glenn Quinn – actor Stephen Rea – actor Paul Ronan - actor, The Devil's Own and he is the father of Saoirse Ronan Saoirse Ronan – actress Andrew Scott - film, stage and television actor Fiona Shaw – actress, The Harry Potter movies Arthur Shields – actor (younger brother of Barry Fitzgerald) Niall Tóibín – actor and comedian Stuart Townsend – actor and boxer Richard Wall - actor Comedians [edit ] See also Category:Irish comedians Music [edit ] Music – A to C [edit ] Music – D to K [edit ] Damien Dempsey – singer/songwriter Ryan Dolan - singer/songwriter Joe Dolan - singer/entertainer Ronnie Drew – singer/guitarist Keith Duffy- singer of Boyzone The Edge – guitarist/singer of U2 Kian Egan – singer of Westlife, songwriter Séamus Ennis – uilleann piper Enya (real name: Eithne Ní Bhraonáin) – singer/songwriter Órla Fallon – singer, harpist Mike Denver - singer Ciarán Farrell – composer Mark Feehily, singer of Westlife – songwriter Angela Feeney – opera singer John Field – composer (creator of the nocturne) Shane Filan – singer of Westlife, songwriter Mick Flannery – singer/songwriter Dave Flynn – award-winning composer, guitarist and singer-songwriter Gavin Friday – singer Finbar Furey - singer/ songwriter, uillean piper, 5 string banjo player, actor Bobby Gardiner – accordionist Stephen Gately - singer of Boyzone Mark Geary – singer W. H. Grattan Flood – author and musicologist Rory Gallagher – blues/rock guitarist James Galway – flautist Bob Geldof – songwriter, singer of the Boomtown Rats, activist Michael Graham (singer) - singer of Boyzone Len Graham - singer Bernadette Greevy – mezzo-soprano John and Edward Grimes – X Factor 2009 Marc Gunn – autoharper, singer/songwriter, and podcaster, formerly of the Brobdingnagian Bards Carmel Gunning – tin whistler Lisa Hannigan – singer/songwriter Glen Hansard – Oscar winning singer/songwriter Hamilton Harty – composer and arranger Catherine Hayes – opera singer Gemma Hayes – singer Una Healy - member of girl band The Saturdays Christie Hennessy – singer/songwriter Paul David Hewson – also known as Bono, lead singer and principal lyricist of U2 Niall Horan - member of British-Irish boy band One Direction Red Hurley – singer Brian Irvine – composer Fergus Johnston – Aosdána Siva Kaneswaran - member of boyband The Wanted Dolores Keane – singer Richard Kearns – Classical Composer Ronan Keating – singer/songwriter Paddy Keenan – uilleann piper Lisa Kelly – singer Luke Kelly – singer Brian Kennedy – singer Paddy Killoran – fiddler Katie Kim - Singer/songwriter, Musician Dave King – singer/songwriter David Kitt – musician Music – L to P [edit ] Damien Leith – singer/songwriter, winner of Australian Idol 2006 Josef Locke – singer Johnny Logan – singer/songwriter Cora Venus Lunny – violinist Dónal Lunny – musician Shane Lynch - singer of Boyzone Phil Lynott – Thin Lizzy frontman Jimmy MacCarthy – singer/songwriter Mickey MacConnell – singer/songwriter Geraldine McGowan – folk singer Susan McKeown – GRAMMY award-winning vocalist and songwriter Shane MacGowan – English born singer/songwriter Sean Mackin – backup vocals and violinist of Yellowcard Sean Maguire – violinist Sarah Makem – singer Tommy Makem – singer-songwriter Enda Markey – singer Philip Martin – pianist, Aosdána Gwendolyn Masin - violinist, author, pedagogue Larry Mathews – singer/songwriter, violinist John Count McCormack – singer Eleanor McEvoy – singer/songwriter Brian McFadden – singer/songwriter Damian McGinty – Celtic Thunder/Rory Flanagan on Glee Barney McKenna – banjo player Geraldine McMahon – harpist Paul McSherry – guitarist Patrick Monahan – singer/songwriter, solo artist/member of Train Christy Moore – singer/songwriter Gary Moore – guitarist/singer/songwriter Van Morrison – singer/songwriter Lee Mulhern – singer/songwriter Samantha Mumba – singer, actress Mundy – singer/songwriter Róisín Murphy – singer Ruby Murray – singer Máiréad Nesbitt - fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh – musician Méav Ní Mhaolchatha - singer Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin – singer Turlough O'Carolan – 17th century harpist and composer ("Last of the Bards") Colm Ó Cíosóig – musician, drummer of My Bloody Valentine Dáithí O'Cléirigh – percussionist/producer Maura O'Connell – singer Máirtín O'Connor – accordionist Sinéad O'Connor – singer Daniel O'Donnell – country-and-western singer Danny O'Donoghue-singer The Script lead singer Mary O'Hara – harpist/singer Mícheál Ó hEidhin – musician Liam O'Flynn – uilleann piper Damian O'Neill - Lead-guitarist of The Undertones John O'Neill - Guitarist of The Undertones/Writer of Teenage Kicks Seán Ó Riada – composer and musician Dolores O'Riordan – singer/songwriter/guitarist Gilbert O'Sullivan – pop singer/songwriter/pianist Una Palliser - violinist, violist, singer Tommy Peoples – fiddler Brendan Phelan - songwriter Glen Power - drums, the script Music – Q to Z [edit ] Dance [edit ] Writing [edit ] Writing – A to C [edit ] Writing – D to K [edit ] Writing – L to P [edit ] Writing – R to Z [edit ] Gabriel Rosenstock – poet George William Russell – (known under the pen-name AE), writer and critic Maurice Scully – poet Darren Shan - novelist, author of The Saga of Darren Shan George Bernard Shaw – novelist, playwright John D. Sheridan - short story writer and humorist Richard Brinsley Sheridan – playwright James Simmons – poet Michael Smith – poet Paul Smith – novelist, playwright Annie M. P. Smithson – novelist Geoffrey Squires – poet Laurence Sterne – novelist Bram Stoker – author of Dracula Francis Stuart – Saoi of Aosdána Jonathan Swift – Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, novelist and satirist John Millington Synge – dramatist Twenty Major (pen-name) - blogger and author William Trevor – writer, Aosdána William Wall – novelist, poet Oscar Wilde – novelist, poet, satirist Macdara Woods – poet Maev-Ann Wren – writer William Butler Yeats – poet and Nobel laureate Business [edit ] Science, education and technology [edit ] Robert Adrain (1775–1843) – scientist, mathematician and United Irishman Thomas Andrews (1813-1885) – chemist & physicist Francis Beaufort (1774–1857) – hydrographer, developed a scale for classifying wind strength John Stewart Bell (1928–1990) – atomic physicist, 'Bell's Inequalities' John Desmond Bernal (1901–1971) – X-ray crystallography George Boole (1815–1864) – inventor of Boolean algebra Robert Boyle (1627–1691) – physicist, 'Boyle's law' Louis Brennan (1852–1932) – principle of a guided missile, wire-guided torpedo Pádraig de Brún (1889–1960) – scholar and mathematician Lucien Bull (1876–1972) – high speed photography, modern electrocardiogram (ECG) Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943– ) – discovered pulsars Nicholas Callan (1799–1864) – inventor of the induction coil and discoverer the principle of the dynamo Aeneas Coffey (1780–1852) – heat exchanger, inventor of the column still William Monad Crawford – entomologist William Dargan – railway engineer David Doak (b. 1967) - scientist, video game developer and entrepreneur Shane Curran - software developer, entrepreneur Frederick G. Donnan – chemist Michael Everson – expert in writing systems and Unicode, born in USA Harry Ferguson – engineer, designer of the modern farm tractor, inventor of the three-point hitch George FitzGerald (1851–1901) – theoretical physicist, 'FitzGerald-Lorentz Contraction' John Robert Gregg (1868–1948) – Gregg shorthand system William Rowan Hamilton – quaternions; mathematical physics John Philip Holland (1841–1914) – submarine designer Ellen Hutchins (1785–1815) – botanist John Joly (1857–1933)- photometer, colour photography Richard Kirwan (1733–1812) – meteorologist Robert Mallet (1810–1881) – seismology Alexander Mitchell (1780–1868) – lighthouse and marine engineer Richard O'Keefe – computer scientist Frank Pantridge (1916-2004) – Inventor of the mobile defibrillator Dorothy Price (1890–1954) – physician who introduced the BCG tuberculosis vaccine to Ireland Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819–1903) – mathematician, physicist, 'Stokes Theorem' and Stokes-Navier Equations'. George Johnstone Stoney (1826–1911) – atomic physicist, named the 'electron' and measured its charge John Lighton Synge (1897–1995) – mathematician William Thomson – Lord Kelvin (1824–1907), physicist John Tyndall (1820–1893) – physicist Ernest Walton (1903-1995) – physicist, 1951 Nobel Prize in Physics Mary Ward (1827–1869)- microscopist John Richardson Wigham (1829–1906) – inventor and lighthouse engineer Thomas Wynne (1942–2005) - Inventor, mechanic and engineer Sport [edit ] Packie Bonner – soccer player George Best – soccer player (Northern Ireland) Andre Botha – cricketer Jeremy Bray – cricketer Andrew Bree – swimmer John Pius Boland – double Olympic medal-winner/tennis,1896 Kenny Carroll – cricketer Michael Carruth – Olympic gold medal winner/boxing Eamonn Coghlan – runner Séamus Coleman – footballer Enda Colleran – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Ray Cummins – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Brendan Cusack - fencer Liam Daish – soccer player Gordon D'Arcy – rugby union player Paul Darragh – showjumper Ron Delany – Olympic medal winner/athletics Fergal Devitt - current WWE wrestler Ken Doherty – former World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association champion John Doyle – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Mick Doyle – rugby union player Damien Duff – soccer player Joey Dunlop – motorcycle racer, 26 times Isle of Man TT race winner Kieran Dynes – NASCAR Driver Eamon Dunphy – former soccer player, media commentator and broadcaster Seamus Elliott – professional cyclist Stephen Farrelly – current WWE wrestler Ciaran Fitzgerald – rugby union player and British and Irish Lions captain Dave Finlay – former WWE wrestler Seán Flanagan – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Sharon Foley – track and field athlete Carl Frampton - boxer Mick Galwey – rugby player Edmond Gibney – equestrian Darron Gibson – soccer player Shay Given – soccer player Johnny Giles – soccer player Peter Gillespie – cricketer Pádraig Harrington – golfer and three time Golf Majors winner Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed – 19th century mountaineer David Healy – soccer player (Northern Ireland) Kevin Heffernan – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Denis Hickie – rugby union player Ray Houghton – soccer player Denis Irwin – soccer player Eddie Jordan – racing driver and Formula 1 team owner Trent Johnston – cricketer John Keane – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Robbie Keane – soccer player Roy Keane – soccer player Eddie Keher – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Seán Kelly – cyclist Joe Keohane – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Kevin Kilbane – soccer player Michael Kinane – jockey Ham Lambert – rugby union and cricket player Tommy Langan – Gaelic footballer, member of he Football Team of the Millennium Dave Langford-Smith – cricketer Jim Langton – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Alan Lewis – rugby union referee Jack Lynch – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium, politician Eddie Macken – horse showjumper Mick Mackey – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Owen Madden – soccer player Daniel Marten – cyclist Dave McAuley – boxer Kevin McBride – boxer Willie John McBride – rugby union player and British and Irish Lions captain Kyle McCallan – cricketer David McCann – cyclist Mick McCarthy – soccer player and former Republic of Ireland soccer manager Wayne McCullough – Olympic Silver Medalist / WBC World Boxing Champion Paul McGinley – golfer Owen Roe McGovern - former Gaelic football player for Cavan. An All-Ireland player. Paul McGrath – soccer player Conor McGregor - mixed martial artist Barry McGuigan – former world Featherweight boxing champion Catherina McKiernan – athlete Jimmy McLarnin – boxer Lory Meagher – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Jason Molins – cricketer John Mooney – cricketer Paul Mooney – cricketer Eoin Morgan – cricketer Geordan Murphy – rugby union player Seán Murphy – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Tommy Murphy – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Kevin O'Brien – cricketer Niall O'Brien – cricketer Vincent O'Brien – Voted Greatest horse trainer of all time by Racing Post Pat O'Callaghan – Olympic gold medal/hammer, 1928, 1932 Martin O'Connell – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Mick O'Connell – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Patrick O'Connell – Real Betis/ FC Barcelona manager, 1930s Paul O'Connell – rugby union player and British and Irish Lions captain Cian O'Connor – show jumper who had Olympic gold medal taken from him Shane O'Connor - Alpine skier, Olympian 2010 Nick O'Donnell – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Brian O'Driscoll – rugby union player and British and Irish Lions captain Ronan O'Gara – rugby union player Dan O'Keeffe – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Malcolm O'Kelly – rugby union player Jonjo O'Neill – jockey Seán O'Neill – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Tony O'Reilly – rugby union player Derval O'Rourke – World Indoor Champion and European Silver Medalist William Porterfield – cricketer J. J. O'Reilly – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Peter O'Sullevan – horse racing commentator Eddie O'Sullivan – rugby union coach Gillian O'Sullivan – World Championships Silver Medalist Sonia O'Sullivan – Olympic silver medalist Michael Phelan (billiards) Paddy Phelan – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Seán Purcell – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Niall Quinn – soccer player Bobby Rackard – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Boyd Rankin – cricketer Tony Reddin – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Christy Ring – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Nicolas Roche – cyclist Stephen Roche – cyclist Alain Rolland – rugby union player and referee Glenn Ross- Strongman Mark Scanlon- cyclist Tom Sharkey – boxer Mikey Sheehy – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Michelle Smith – Multi gold medalist 1996 Olympics Des Smyth – golfer Dr. Bethel Solomons – rugby union player, Ireland national team, Olympic team silver Pat Spillane – Gaelic footballer, member of the Football Team of the Millennium Steve Staunton – soccer player Jim Stynes – Champion Australian rules footballer Bob Tisdall – Olympic gold medal/400mH, 1932 John Treacy – Olympic silver medal/marathon, 1984 Ruby Walsh – jockey Ronnie Whelan – soccer player Brian Whelahan – member of the hurling Team of the Millennium Andrew White – cricketer Joe Wickham – former FAI President and soccer player Keith Wood – rugby union player Owen Nolan - hockey player Others [edit ] Aidan of Lindisfarne – Saint Anne Anderson – Irish Ambassador to the United States Eamonn Andrews – Television personality, producer and businessman Todd Andrews – civil servant George Berkeley – Philosopher Seán Brady – Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Brigid of Kildare – Irish saint and bishop Brigh Brigaid – 1st century Irish judge William Brown - Irish-born Argentine Admiral. Amanda Byram – Broadcaster Gay Byrne – Broadcaster and presenter of The Late Late Show (1962–1999) Graham Cantwell – Director Nellie Cashman – Gold prospector in the United States; born in County Cork Harry Clarke – stained glass Artist Sir Alfred Chester Beatty – Mining magnate Desmond Connell – Roman Catholic Cardinal of Ireland Tom Crean – Explorer Rosanna Davison – Miss World 2003 Moya Doherty – Impresario Bishop James Doyle – Bishop Jim Duffy – Irish advisor to Australia's Republic Advisory Committee Saint Dymphna – Irish saint Margaretta Eagar – Limerick Born Governess to the last Russian Royal Family Robin Eames – Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Johannes Scotus Eriugena – Theologian (b. 810) Michael Anthony Fleming – Bishop of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Brian Gibbons – Welsh politician Glenda Gilson – Model Veronica Guerin – Journalist, murdered by drug-dealers in 1996 Mary, Lady Heath – Early aviator Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet – Pioneer settler of America Pat Kenny – Broadcaster and former presenter of The Late Late Show Peter Lacy – Russian Field Marshal James Larkin – Labour leader Eliza Lynch – Mistress of Francisco Solano López, Paraguayan dictator Catherine McAuley – Founder the Sisters of Mercy Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh – Scribe, Translator, Historian and Genealogist Edward MacLysaght – Chief Herald of Ireland, 1943–54 Martin Maher – Famed cadet instructor at the United States Military Academy Diarmuid Martin – Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Edward Martyn – Co-founder of the Irish Literary Theatre Catherine McGuinness – Justice of the Supreme Court of Ireland, President of the Law Reform Commission John McKenna – Liverpool FC manager Michael Mills – Ombudsman and political journalist Annie Moore – First person to pass through Ellis Islands Immigration system John Moore – Director Lord Killanin – former head of the International Olympic Committee Kevin Murphy – Ombudsman and Information Commissioner Ronan Murphy - Notable student Graham Norton – Television personality and actor Pat O'Connor – Director Seosamh Ó Duibhginn- Writer, Editor, Publisher, Republican and Gaelic language activist. Gráinne O'Malley – pirate queen Emily O'Reilly – Journalist, Ombudsman and Information Commissioner John O'Riley, Major in the Saint Patrick's Battalion of the Mexican Army. Katharine O'Shea – Mistress of Charles Stewart Parnell Saint Patrick – Irish patron saint Horace Plunkett – founder of co-operative movement Phoebe Prince – Victim of bullycide Robert Ross - British Army officer during the Napoleonic Wars. Ernest Shackleton – Explorer Ray Shah - DJ & Radio Personality Gerard Slevin – Chief Herald of Ireland, 1954–81 Timothy Smiddy – Academic, Economist, Ireland's first ambassador Sarah Travers, BBC Newsline newsreader attended Dominican College and lives in Portstewart. Philip Treacy – Milliner Ryan Tubridy – Entertainer Peter Tyndall – Ombudsman Louis Walsh – Music manager and television personality Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington – Field Marshal (Defeated Napoleon at Waterloo), Commander-in-Chief of the British Army and British Prime Minister Terry Wogan – Television and radio "personality" See also [edit ] References [edit ] Hamilton, Catherine Jane (1900). . Dublin, Ireland: Sealy, Bryers & Walker Notable Irishwomen . Retrieved 2013-11-10.