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This famous Irish writers list includes the most famous authors from Ireland. These are considered to be the most legendary novelists, poets, and playwrights - the best Irish writers of all time. This list of famous Irish authors is alphabetical and can be sorted by any column.

Who are the most famous Irish authors? Many of the names on this list, like Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, you've probably heard of, but there are many other famous Irish authors you may not yet have discovered. Check out the list below to find your new favorite Irish author or rediscover a writer you've forgotten. You can also click on an author name for an author bibliography to start reading.

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Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Dracula, The Lair of the White Worm, The Lady of the Shroud

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegans Wake

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Thomas Kinsella is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Louis le Brocquy Táin illustrations, Oxford Book of Irish Verse, Marginal Economy

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Jonathan Swift is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, Correspondence

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and other plays

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Angela's Ashes, 'Tis: A Memoir, Teacher Man

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Liam O'Flaherety is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors

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Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Waiting for Godot, The Unnamable, Murphy

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William Trevor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The Story of Lucy Gault, Fools of fortune, Two Lives

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George William Russell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
AE in the Irish Theosophist, Vale and other poems, The living torch

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Borstal Boy, The Hostage, The Quare Fellow

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Eavan Boland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Object lessons, Three Irish Poets, After Every War

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Pygmalion, Major Barbara, Plays: pleasant and unpleasant

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George Moore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The apostle, The passing of the Essenes, A flood

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John Millington Synge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Teatro Irlandes, Letters to Molly, Travels In Wicklow

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Patrick Kavanagh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Tarry Flynn, Gaff Topsails, No earthly estate

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Roddy Doyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The Commitments, The Van, Click

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Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The Cure at Troy, The Burial at Thebes, The Haw Lantern

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Seán O'Casey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Juno and the Paycock, Rose and crown, The letters of Sean O'Casey

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William Butler Yeats is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Memoirs, A Vision, The Countess Cathleen

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Louis MacNeice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Zoo, The dark tower, The collected poems of Louis MacNeice

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Maria Edgeworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Ormond, Castle Rackrent, The Absentee

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Medbh McGuckian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
On Ballycastle Beach, Shelmalier, The Flower Master

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Michael Longley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
20th Century Irish Poems, Poems, 1963-1983

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Oliver Goldsmith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
The Vicar of Wakefield, She Stoops to Conquer, Beau Nash