Writers Famous Authors from Northern Ireland

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List of the most popular authors from Northern Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Northern Irish authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Northern Irish writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Derek Mahon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Words in the Air, Journalism, Night-crossing Derek Mahon is a Northern Irish poet. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
A midwinter's tale Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's ...more

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Gary Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Gary Moore - After Hours* Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including ...more

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Benjamin Glazer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
"The seventh heaven" Benjamin Glazer was a screenwriter, producer, foley artist, and director of American films from the 1920s through the 1950s. He made the first translation of Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom ...more

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Garth Ennis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Pro, Judge Dredd, Preacher Vol. 2 Garth Ennis is a Northern Irish comics writer, best known for the Vertigo series Preacher with artist Steve Dillon and his successful nine-year run on Marvel Comics' Punisher franchise. He has ...more

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Michael Dibdin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Dead Lagoon, Back to Bologna, The Last Sherlock Holmes Story Michael Dibdin was a British crime writer.

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Roma Downey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
A Story of God and All of Us Roma Downey is an Irish actress and Emmy nominated producer from Northern Ireland. She played kind-hearted angel Monica on the American TV series Touched by an Angel, alongside Della Reese; they ...more

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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Torn Water John Lynch is an Irish actor and novelist.

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Ron Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Dillen, The Captain of Kopenick, Moonlight and Magnolias Ron Hutchinson is an Emmy Award winning screenwriter, known for writing John Frankenheimer's Against the Wall, Robert M. Young's Slave of Dreams, John Frankenheimer's The Island of Dr. Moreau, ...more

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Gilbert Ralston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Gilbert Alexander Ralston was an American screenwriter, journalist and author. He was a television producer in the 1950s and a screenwriter in the 1960s. He created the television series The ...more

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Glenn Patterson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Black night at Big Thunder Mountain, Lapsed Protestant, The International Glenn Patterson is a screenwriter.

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Lynne Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Lynne Graham A Mediterranean Marriage, Pason Italiana (Italian Passion), La Amante Del Griego Lynne Graham is a popular Northern Irish author of over 60 romance novels. She published her novels in Mills & Boon since 1987.

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William MacQuitty is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
William MacQuitty The world in color photography, Titanic Memories, The glory of India William MacQuitty was a British film producer and also a writer and photographer. He is most noted for his production of the 1958 Rank Organisation / Pinewood Studios film, A Night to Remember, ...more

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Amy Wilson Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Learning of God, His Thoughts Said. . .His Father Said, Gold Cord Amy Wilson Carmichael was a Protestant Christian missionary in India, who opened an orphanage and founded a mission in Dohnavur. She served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many ...more

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Joseph Tomelty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The apprentice Joseph Tomelty was a Northern Irish character actor and playwright. He worked in film, television, radio and on the stage, starring in Sam Thompson's 1960 play Over the Bridge.

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Frederick G. Donnan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The influence of J. Willard Gibbs on the science of physical chemistry Frederick George Donnan CBE FRS was an Irish physical chemist who is known for his work on membrane equilibria, and commemorated in the Donnan equilibrium describing ionic transport in cells. He ...more

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Ian Paisley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Text a Day Keeps the Devil Away, The Rent Veils at Calvary, Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC was a unionist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland. He became a Protestant evangelical minister in 1946 and would remain ...more

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Marie Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Stones in His Pockets, Women on the Verge of HRT, Rorschach test performance of post-traumatic epileptic and non-epileptic head-injured veterans Sarah Marie Jones OBE is a Belfast-based actress and playwright. Born into a working-class Protestant family, Jones was an actress for several years before turning her hand to writing. Her plays ...more

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James Burke is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Day the Universe Changed, Twin Tracks: The Unexpected Origins of the Modern World, Circles James Burke is a British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer, who is known, among other things, for his documentary television series Connections, and for its more ...more

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Cathy Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Zu mir oder zu dir? Frauengeschichten aus Irland, Irish Girls About Town, Geh ich auf meine Hochzeit? Cathy Kelly is an Irish former journalist and writer of women's fiction since 1997. She has gained international recognition with her popular fiction novels, which are published globally in many ...more

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Desmond Fennell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Desmond Fennell Cutting to the Point, Savvy and the Preaching of the Gospel, Uncertain dawn Desmond Fennell is an Irish writer, cultural philosopher and linguist, whose most frequent form of writing is the essay. Throughout his career Fennell has repeatedly departed from prevailing ...more

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George Best is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Reliving the Dream, Hard Tackles and Dirty Baths, Bestie George Best was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a winger for Manchester United and the Northern Ireland national team. In 1968 he won the European Cup with United, and was named the ...more

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Graham Reid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Graham Reid The plays of Graham Reid, The closed door, The Billy plays J. Graham Reid is a playwright from Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Terry Cafolla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Terry Cafolla Terry Cafolla is an award-winning Northern Irish screenwriter.

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Ed Dobson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Complete Bible Commentary, End, The Edward G. Dobson is a Northern Irish-American pastor who was formerly an executive at the Moral Majority. After becoming disillusioned with the Christian Right he went on to become pastor of a ...more

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Brian Keenan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Brian Keenan An evil cradling, Between Extremes, Four Quarters of Light Brian Keenan CBE is an Irish writer whose work includes the book An Evil Cradling, an account of the four and a half years he spent as a hostage in Beirut, Lebanon from 11 April 1986 to 24 ...more

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Gerald Dawe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Lake Geneva, A real life elsewhere, My mother-city Gerald Dawe is an Irish poet.

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William C Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
British Contributions to Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, A History of Spain and Portugal William Christopher Atkinson, Hispanic scholar, born Belfast 9 August 1902, Lecturer in Spanish Armstrong College Newcastle upon Tyne 1926-32, Stevenson Professor of Hispanic Studies Glasgow ...more

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Don Mullan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Eyewitness Bloody Sunday, Speaking Truth to Power, A Little Book of Francis of Assisi Don Mullan is an Irish best-selling author/humanitarian and media producer. His book Eyewitness Bloody Sunday is officially recognised as a primary catalyst for a new Bloody Sunday Inquiry which ...more

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Gary Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Royal Court Theatre presents The force of change, Tearing the loom, Loyal Women Gary Mitchell is a Northern Irish playwright. By the 2000s, he had become "one of the most talked about voices in European theatre ... whose political thrillers have arguably made him ...more

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Patrick Brontë is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Patrick Brontë Brontëana, The letters of the Reverend Patrick Brontë The Reverend Patrick Brontë was an Irish Church of Ireland clergyman and writer who spent most of his adult life in England and was the father of the writers Charlotte, Emily, and Anne ...more

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R. I. Moore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
R. I. Moore Primera Revolucion Europea, La - C. 970 - 1215, The first European revolution Robert Ian Moore, most commonly known as R. I. Moore, is Professor Emeritus of History at Newcastle University. He specialises in medieval history, has written several influential works on the ...more

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Nell McCafferty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The best of Nell, Goodnight sisters, The Armagh women Nell McCafferty is an Irish journalist, playwright, civil rights campaigner and feminist. In her journalistic work she has written for The Irish Press, The Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, Hot Press ...more

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Nick Laird is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Utterly Monkey: A Novel, To a Fault, On Purpose Nicholas "Nick" Laird is a Northern Irish novelist and poet.

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Sinéad Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
There was fire in Vancouver, Between here and there Sinéad Morrissey is an Irish poet. In January 2014 she won the T. S. Eliot Prize for her fifth collection Parallax.

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Rhonda Paisley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
My Power Diary, My Power Words File, Kids Under Construction Rhonda Paisley is an author, and former politician from Northern Ireland. She is the daughter of the late DUP leader and Northern Ireland's former First Minister Ian Paisley, is unmarried, and ...more

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Sharon Owens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The ballroom on Magnolia Street, The tea house on Mulberry Street, The tavern on Maple Street

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Martin McGartland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Martin McGartland Dead man running, Fifty dead men walking Martin "Marty" McGartland is a former British agent who infiltrated the Provisional Irish Republican Army in 1989 to pass information to Royal Ulster Constabulary Special Branch. When ...more

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Robert McLiam Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Robert McLiam Wilson Ripley Bogle, Manfred's pain, Eureka Street Robert McLiam Wilson is a Northern Irish novelist. He attended St Malachy's College and studied English at St Catharine's College, Cambridge; however, he dropped out and, for a short time, was ...more

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Mairead Corrigan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Vision of Peace: Faith and Hope in Northern Ireland, Marked for Life: The Life of Hildegard GossMayr (Leaders and Witnesses) Mairead Maguire, also known as Mairead Corrigan Maguire and formerly as Mairéad Corrigan, is a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She co-founded, with Betty Williams and Ciaran ...more

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Jenny Bristow is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Jenny Bristow cooks for the seasons, Jenny Bristow Light, A Taste of Sunshine Jennifer Ann Bristow BEM is a Northern Irish cook and cookery writer. She is best known for her cookery television series produced by UTV.

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Patrick McWilliams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Patrick McWilliams Index to Ordnance survey memoirs of Ireland series, Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland, Vol. 40 Patrick McWilliams is an Irish author, from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Amongst his main publications is the 40-volume OS Memoirs of Ireland series and subsequent index. He is a former pupil of ...more

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Stuart Neville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
The Ghosts of Belfast Stuart Neville is a Northern Irish author known mainly for his novel The Twelve or, as it is known in the United States, The Ghosts of Belfast.

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Eamon Collins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Eamon Collins Killing Rage Eamon Collins was a Provisional Irish Republican Army paramilitary in the late 1970s and 1980s. He turned his back on the organisation in the late 1980s and later co-authored a book called ...more

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Malachi O'Doherty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Malachi O'Doherty The trouble with guns Malachi O'Doherty is a journalist, author and broadcaster in Northern Ireland. He is the producer and presenter of the audio blog Arts Talk. He was, perhaps, the longest running ...more

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Maureen Boyle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Maureen Boyle Wound Healing in Midwifery, Emergencies Around Childbirth, Alternative Positions for Labour Maureen Boyle is an award-winning Northern Irish poet.

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Lucy Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Where They Were Missed Lucy Caldwell is a Northern Irish playwright and novelist.

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Stephen O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Stephen O'Neill Staging Ireland Stephen O'Neill is a Gaelic footballer from Aughabrack, Northern Ireland, who plays for the Tyrone senior football team. He won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, two Under ...more

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Leontia Flynn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Leontia Flynn These days Leontia Flynn is a poet from Northern Ireland. She grew up in Ballyloughlin, south County Down, between the towns of Newcastle and Dundrum, close to Murlough Nature Reserve and Royal County Down ...more

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Peter McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Authors from Northern Ireland
Peter McLaughlin Peter McLaughlin is an Irish academic, historian and educator who is the current Headmaster of The Doon School. Before joining Doon in 2009, he served as Headmaster of Douai School, and ...more