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List of notable or famous playwrights from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Ireland and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Ireland is included when available.

Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats are included on this list.

This historic playwrights from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Ireland?" These prominent playwrights of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish playwrights.

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation ...more

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Age: Died at 41 (1923-1964)

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Credits: The Quare Fellow

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#13 on The Best Irish Authors

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Colm Byrne is an Irish playwright. He was born in Limerick and lives in Galway. His plays have been noted as political, lively and poetic. He is a recipient of a Bay Area Critics Circle award and is a writer in residence with the LA Writer's Center. ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Playwright

Credits: Losing Ground

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. He ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Lecturer, Author, + more

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#83 on The Best Catholic Authors

#17 on The Best Irish Authors

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Conor McPherson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright and director. ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Profession: Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Film Director, + more

Credits: The Eclipse, The Actors, Rory O'Shea Was Here, I Went Down, Check the Gate: Putting Beckett on Film, + more

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#82 on The Greatest Playwrights in History

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