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Irish The Best Irish Authors  

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List Rules Top Irish writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and plays

The best Irish authors, ranked by fans of Irish literature. This list includes George Moore, who is considered the first great modern Irish novelist, as well as names like James Joyce and Oscar Wilde, famous writers of classic Irish literature. The names on this list are considered to be some of the best Irish writers and the list includes the birthplace of the authors, along with additional biographic information.

The list asks the question, "who are the best Irish authors?" and includes poets, novelists and nonfiction writers from all genres and eras for a comprehensive list. These writers from Ireland have contributed to not only Irish literature, but the international canon of some of the greatest novels, essays, short stories, poems, and plays of all time. 

The best Irish authors list can be voted on and is open, so please add any great Irish writers that are missing and vote up your favorites.
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1
67 9
James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Rathgar, Ireland

2
50 7
William Butler Yeats is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Sandymount, Ireland

3
54 11
Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

4
36 9
Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Foxrock, Ireland

5
33 9
George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

6
32 9
Jonathan Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

7
31 10
Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Clontarf, Dublin

8
27 7
Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Castledawson, U.K.

9
37 15
C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Belfast, Ireland

10
15 5
Seán O'Casey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

11
14 5
Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

12
10 2
Frank O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Cork, Republic of Ireland

13
11 3
Edna O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Tuamgraney, Republic of Ireland

14
15 7
William Trevor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Mitchelstown, Ireland

15
15 8
Roddy Doyle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Kilbarrack, Ireland

16
7 1
John Millington Synge is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Rathfarnham, Republic of Ireland

17
16 10
Maeve Binchy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dalkey, Ireland

18
11 6
John Banville is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Wexford, Ireland

19
12 7
Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Enniscorthy, Ireland

20
11 7
Brian O'Nolan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Strabane, U.K.

21
9 5
Patrick Kavanagh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Inniskeen, Ireland

22
8 6
George Moore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Authors
County Mayo, Ireland

23
6 4
Emma Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

24
11 10
Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Brooklyn, New York

25
7 6
Joseph O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

26
7 6
Colum McCann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

27
7 7
Sebastian Barry is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

28
5 6
Anne Enright is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

29
4 6
Maria Edgeworth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Black Bourton, U.K.

30
5 8
Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Limerick, Ireland

31
2 6
John Connolly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland

32
6 14
Cecelia Ahern is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Authors
Dublin, Ireland