50 Famous Irish Authors

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.
Ranked by
  • Bram Stoker
    1
    Dracula, The Lair of the White Worm, The Lady of the Shroud
  • James Joyce
    2
    Ulysses, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Finnegans Wake
  • Thomas Kinsella
    3
    Louis le Brocquy Táin illustrations, Oxford Book of Irish Verse, Marginal Economy
  • Jonathan Swift
    4
    Gulliver's Travels, A Tale of a Tub, Correspondence
  • Oscar Wilde
    5
    The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salome, The importance of being Earnest and other plays
  • Frank McCourt
    6
    Angela's Ashes, 'Tis: A Memoir, Teacher Man