Famous Irish People
Those Who Are Alive; Those Who Are Dead Already
Irish people are spread to all the corners of this world. There’s no doubt that some of them have made a mark far too greater for the world to know about them.
Even, some of the people don’t even know that some of their favorite artists have Irish roots. But since we don’t want you to be among them, we have compiled a list of famous Irish people that are making this country proud or have made it proud and are dead already.
Let’s sort Famous Irish People into the categories and know about them one by one.
Famous Irish People Who Are Alive
Bono is just the stage name of Paul David Hewson. We’re sure you’d have listened to some of his songs as he is quite a famous singer. He is known for the breathtaking performance as the lead vocalist of U2 and rock. He was born in Dublin on 10 May 1960. If you’re born on 10 May also, clap and sing one of his famous songs. Celebrate!
Here’s one fun fact about Bono and his love of life: They had met in Mount Temple Comprehensive School. From there, their love life began and is continued with all the zest of emotions!
- Liam Neeson
We bet you didn’t know he was Irish. He is an actor and has starred in plenty of Hollywood movies, including Schindler’s List (Academy Award-winning movie), Batman Begins, and The Grey. He lives in New York, but his flesh and blood are Irish – or to be more specific, Northern Irish.
Besides the acclaimed movies above, Liam has also an extensive experience of theatre, and in fact, he’s have had the privilege of joining the Lyric Players’ Theatre in Belfast.
Aside from all of this grandeur and epic career, did you know that Liam Neeson had also worked as a fork-lift operator at Guinness after he left his university and returned to Ballymena?
- Sinead O’Connor
“The Lion and the Cobra” singer Sinead O’Connor is also an Irish singer. She rose to her fame with her best debut album, which was actually The Lion and the Cobra. As she found her place in the star-studded sky of fame, she began doing projects that soon brought her into the limelight. One of those projects or songs, called “Nothing Compares 2 U” was particularly cherished the most. She can also play 5 instruments!
- Enya Patricia Brennan
Born in 1961, Enya is versatile. She is a songwriter, musician, and a producer. She was born in Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland, and therefore, she is a pure Irish talent. We are proud of her.
- Barack Obama
The former US president Barack Obama is related to Ireland because his grandfather had left for America in 1850. What else makes him Irish is his spontaneous selfies.
- Rosario Dawson
She has worked in Men in Black II and Sin City. Why do we call her Irish? We do because she said that herself in one of her tweets.
- Tom Cruise
You know this actor, right? Well, he’s Irish, too. In fact, he’s been given the Irish heritage certificate last year. That makes him more Irish than you can think.
- Andrew Scott
The Jim Moriarty of Sherlock, Andrew Scott is well known around the world. Not many people know that he was born in Dublin and also raised there.
Famous Irish People who Are Dead Already
- Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali’s great-grandfather lived in County Clare and had emigrated from there to the US in the year of 1860s. Muhammad Ali was born to Abe Grady’s daughter Odessa Lee after she married Cassius Clay. What do you think is the relation between Abe Grady and Muhammad Ali?
- William Trevor
William Trevor was a famous novelist who wrote dark funny short stories about people’s struggle. Besides this, he was also an elder statesman of literature.
- Dolores O’Riordan
She was the lead singer of the famous band: The Cranberries. In her lead, the band successfully launched songs for Linger and Zombie.
- Carmel McSharry
The In Sickness and in Health actress Carmel McSharry was born in 1926. She died on 4th March 2018. Can you tell what was her age when she died?
- Emma Hannigan
Emma Hannigan was a fighter because she fought breast cancer. She even wrote had written a novel about it prior to her death, which had been a best seller.
- Liam Miller
He was a Celtic midfielder and had won 21 caps for our country. However, unfortunately, he, too, died this year from pancreatic cancer.
So, these are/were some of the famous Irish personalities. We bet you didn’t know many of them were Irish. Now that you know, cherish their memories and be proud of your origin as this country has produced some of the most amazing people in the world, without any doubt.