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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
Bram Stoker 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
James Joyce 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
Thomas Kinsella 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
Jonathan Swift 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
Oscar Wilde 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
Frank McCourt 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
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot, The Unnamable, Murphy

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William Trevor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
William Trevor 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
George William Russell 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
Brendan Behan 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
Eavan Boland 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
George Bernard Shaw 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
George Moore 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
John Millington Synge Teatro Irlandes, Letters to Molly, Travels In Wicklow^! West Kerry And Connemara

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Patrick Kavanagh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Patrick Kavanagh 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
Roddy Doyle The Commitments, The Van, Click

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Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Seamus Heaney 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
Seán O'Casey 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
William Butler Yeats Memoirs, A Vision, The Countess Cathleen

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Louis MacNeice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Louis MacNeice 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
Maria Edgeworth Ormond, Castle Rackrent, The Absentee

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Medbh McGuckian is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Medbh McGuckian 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
Michael Longley 20th Century Irish Poems, Poems^! 1963-1983, The weather in Japan

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

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Oliver St. John Gogarty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Oliver St. John Gogarty As I Was Going Down Sackville Street, I Follow St. Patrick, The collected poems of Oliver St. John Gogarty

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Padraic Colum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Padraic Colum A Treasury of Irish Folklore, The story of King Arthur and other Celtic heroes, Great Myths of the World

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Paul Muldoon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Paul Muldoon Moy Sand and Gravel, The prince of the quotidian, Quoof

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Seán Ó Faoláin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Seán Ó Faoláin Newman's way, The Talking Trees, The Irish

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William Allingham is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
William Allingham The Ballad Book, Laurence Bloomfield in Ireland 1869, Sixteen Poems

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Brian O'Nolan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Brian O'Nolan At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, The Hard Life: An Exegesis of Squalor

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Edna O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Edna O'Brien The Country Girls, Oh! Calcutta!, Girl with Green Eyes

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Brian Friel is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Brian Friel Dancing at Lughnasa, Philadelphia^! Here I Come!, Faith Healer

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Derek Mahon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Derek Mahon Words in the Air, Journalism, Night-crossing

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Elizabeth Bowen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Elizabeth Bowen The Heat of the Day, The Last September, Eva Trout

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Frank O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Frank O'Connor The Big Fellow, The Cornet Player Who Betrayed Ireland, An Only Child AND My Father's Son

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James Stephens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors

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John Montague is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
John Montague Maud Cotter, Faber Book of Irish Verse, The figure in the cave and other essays

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Augusta, Lady Gregory is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Augusta, Lady Gregory A Book of Saints and Wonders, Seven Short Plays, Cuchulain of Muirthemne

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Liam O'Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
Liam O'Flaherty The Informer, Thy Neighbour's Wife, Return of the Brute

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C. S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
DavidScallion added C. S. Lewis The Lion^! the Witch and the Wardrobe, Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters

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Patricia Lynch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
TenMajor added Patricia Lynch Sally from Cork, Long ears, Die verrückten OHaras. ( Ab 10 J.)

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Patrick McCabe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
TenMajor added Patrick McCabe The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto, Mondo Desperado

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Maurice Walsh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
TenMajor added Maurice Walsh Trouble in the Glen, L'Homme tranquille, The honest fisherman

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Walter Macken is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
TenMajor added Walter Macken The silent people, God Made Sunday and Other Stories, Quench the Moon

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Mary Larkin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
majoraccident added Mary Larkin Playing With Fire, A Matter of Trust, Best Laid Plans - Born in 1930's Belfast, Mary has written twelve best selling novels all set in and around the Belfast of old.

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Aidan Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
aidansheridan17yt added Aidan Sheridan Books - Wrote a book. Sold millions.

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Maeve Binchy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
InesCollins added Maeve Binchy Tara Road, Nights of rain and stars, C'était pourtant l'été

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Conor McPherson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
patrick-dyer added Conor McPherson Dublin Carol, This Lime Tree Bower: Three Plays, The Weir - Playwright.

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Marina Carr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 50 Famous Irish Authors
patrick-dyer added Marina Carr By the Bog of Cats, The Mai, On Raftery's Hill - Playwright.