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List of notable or famous journalists from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top journalists born in Ireland and even some popular journalists who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish journalists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These journalists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known journalist from Ireland is included when available.

List ranges from Oscar Wilde to Mary McAleese and more.

This historic journalists from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish journalists of note?" and "Who are the most famous journalists from Ireland?" These prominent journalists of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish journalists.

Use this list of renowned Irish journalists to discover some new journalists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (55 items)

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Alan Cantwell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Alan Cantwell age 50 Alan Cantwell is an Irish journalist, presenter and newsreader, best known as the former anchor of TV3 News at 5.30 and later the 5.30 .

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Anne Doyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Anne Doyle age 66 Anne Doyle is an Irish journalist, presenter and former newsreader. She is best known as a long-serving newsreader for Raidió Teilifís Éireann, who anchored the ...more

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Bob Shaw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Bob Shaw Died at 65 (1931-1996) Robert "Bob" Shaw was a science fiction writer and fan from Northern Ireland, noted for his originality and wit. He won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 1979 and 1980. His short ...more

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Brendan O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Brendan O'Connor age 48 Brendan O'Connor is an Irish media personality, columnist, comedian and retired pop star. Presenter of The Saturday Night Show on RTÉ One since 2010, he is also known as for his columns ...more

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Brian Daly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Brian Daly Brian Daly is an Irish news journalist currently working for TV3 News. He spent time working as Ireland Correspondent for Sky News in Dublin. He was one of the Sky News Ireland's two anchors for ...more

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Brian O'Nolan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Brian O'Nolan Died at 55 (1911-1966) Brian O'Nolan was an Irish novelist, playwright and satirist, considered a major figure in twentieth century Irish literature. Born in Strabane, County Tyrone, he is regarded as a key figure in ...more

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Bryan Dobson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Bryan Dobson age 58 Bryan Dobson is an Irish newscaster with RTÉ in Ireland. He has presented RTÉ News: Six One since 1996. He previously presented RTÉ News: Nine O'Clock and occasionly

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Cathy Grieve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Cathy Grieve age 52 Cathy Grieve is an Irish journalist from Letterkenny, County Donegal. She now owns Red Diamond Media, an Irish based digital media group. Previously she was a senior editor with the BBC, the ...more

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Charlie Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Charlie Bird age 68 Charles "Charlie" Bird is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. He was Chief News Correspondent with RTÉ News and Current Affairs until January 2009. He took up the role of ...more

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Colm Tóibín age 62 Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor ...more

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Craig Doyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Craig Doyle age 47 Craig Doyle is an Irish television and radio presenter. To British viewers he is recognisable as working for the BBC and ITV. To Irish viewers he is recognisable as working for Raidió ...more

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David McWilliams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
David McWilliams age 52 David McWilliams is an Irish economist, writer, broadcaster and journalist. McWilliams initially worked with as an economist with the Central Bank of Ireland, UBS bank and the Banque Nationale ...more

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Doireann Ní Bhriain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Doireann Ní Bhriain age 66 Doireann Ní Bhriain is an Irish independent radio producer. She began her career as a radio and television journalist, and started out reading children's stories on television. From those ...more

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Donal MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Donal MacIntyre age 52 Donal MacIntyre is an Irish investigative journalist, specialising in investigations, undercover operations and television exposés. The risks of repeatedly going undercover have meant ...more

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Eamon Dunphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Eamon Dunphy age 72 Eamon Martin Dunphy is an Irish media personality, broadcaster, author, sports pundit and former professional footballer. Since retiring from the sport, he has become recognisable to Irish ...more

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Eoghan Corry is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Eoghan Corry age 57 Eoghan Corry is an Irish journalist and author regarded as the most extensively journeyed travel writer in Ireland, averaging over 30 countries a year. Since 2002 he has edited Ireland's biggest ...more

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Eoghan Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Eoghan Harris age 75 Eoghan Harris is an Irish journalist, fiction writer, director, columnist and politician. He currently writes for the Sunday Independent. He was a member of Seanad Éireann from 2007–11, ...more

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Fergal Keane is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Fergal Keane age 57 Fergal Patrick Keane OBE is a foreign correspondent with BBC News, and an author. For some time, Keane was the BBC's correspondent in South Africa. He is the nephew of Irish playwright, novelist ...more

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Frank Delaney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Frank Delaney age 75 Frank Delaney is an Irish novelist, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of New York Times best-seller "Ireland", the non-fiction book "Simple Courage: A True Story of ...more

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George Hook is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
George Hook age 76 George Hook is an Irish broadcaster, journalist and rugby union pundit. He hosts The Right Hook on the Irish radio station Newstalk. He had a career as a rugby union coach and businessman, ...more

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George Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
George Lee age 55 George Lee is an Irish economist, journalist, television and radio presenter, and former Fine Gael politician. He worked for RTÉ from 1992 to 2009. He was appointed Economics Editor in ...more

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Geraldine Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Geraldine Kennedy age 66 Geraldine Kennedy is an Irish journalist, former politician, and the first female editor of The Irish Times newspaper. She was a Progressive Democrat TD for Dún Laoghaire from 1987 to ...more

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James P Mahon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
James P Mahon age 27 James Patrick Mahon is an Irish TV news reporter, journalist, blogger, host, broadcaster and former record label manager.

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Joe Lynam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Joe Lynam Joe Lynam is an Irish journalist working for the BBC in the United Kingdom. Lynam is a business correspondent. He also presents sometimes on the BBC's flagship Today Programme – covering for ...more

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John Banville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
John Banville age 72 William John Banville, who writes as John Banville and sometimes as Benjamin Black, is an Irish novelist, adapter of dramas, and screenwriter. Recognised for his precise, cold, forensic prose ...more

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John Bowman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
John Bowman age 75 John Bowman PhD is an Irish historian and a long-standing broadcaster and presenter of current affairs and political programmes with Raidió Teilifís Éireann. He chaired the ...more

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John Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
John Murray age 54 John Murray is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. He presents The John Murray Show on RTÉ Radio 1, "focus[ing] on lifestyle and entertainment items", filling the slot from ...more

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Johnny Giles is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Johnny Giles age 77 Michael John "Johnny" Giles is a former association footballer and manager best remembered for his time as a midfielder with Leeds United in the 1960s and 1970s. Since retiring from ...more

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Jonathan Philbin Bowman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Jonathan Philbin Bowman Died at 31 (1969-2000) Jonathan Philbin Bowman was an Irish journalist and radio broadcaster.

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Keith Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Keith Wood age 46 Keith Gerard Mallinson Wood and educated at St Munchin's College, Limerick, is a former international rugby union footballer who played hooker for Ireland, the Lions, Garryowen, Harlequins and ...more

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Ken Early is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Ken Early age 39 Kenneth Early is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. He is currently a director of Second Captains and is a host of both Second Captains @ The Irish Times and the television show Second ...more

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Mark Little is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Mark Little age 50 Mark Little is an Irish journalist, television presenter, author and "social media visionary". He presented Prime Time for RTÉ until December 2009. He took a year of leave of ...more

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Mary McAleese is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Mary McAleese age 66 Mary Patricia McAleese served as the eighth President of Ireland from 1997 to 2011. She was the second female president and was first elected in 1997 succeeding Mary Robinson, making McAleese ...more

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Maureen O'Hara age 97 Maureen O'Hara is an Irish film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the age of 6–17 she trained ...more

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Michael Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Michael Gleeson age 63 Michael Gleeson is an Irish hurling selector and former player. He is currently a selector with the Tipperary senior hurling team. Gleeson enjoyed a decade-long playing career at club level with ...more

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Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Kill... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin Died at 85 (1914-1999) Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin, MBE, TD, was an Irish journalist, author, sports official, and the sixth president of the International Olympic Committee. He succeeded his uncle as Baron ...more

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Niall O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Niall O'Dowd age 64 Niall O'Dowd, is an Irish journalist and author living in the United States. He was extensively involved in the negotiations leading to the Irish Good Friday Peace Agreement, and is a proponent ...more

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Noel Slevin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Noel Slevin age 63 Noel Slevin is an Irish journalist and columnist working in Letterkenny, County Donegal. He currently writes "Slevin on Sunday" for local newspaper Donegal on Sunday as well as ...more

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Olivia O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Olivia O'Leary age 69 Olivia O'Leary is an Irish journalist, writer and current affairs presenter. Educated at St Leo's College, Carlow and at University College Dublin, she worked with the Nationalist and Leinster ...more

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Orla Guerin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Orla Guerin age 57 Orla Guerin MBE is an Irish correspondent currently working for BBC News based in Cairo.

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Oscar Wilde Died at 46 (1854-1900) Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

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Pat Dolan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Pat Dolan age 50 Patrick Dolan is a former football player, manager, and executive. He is a soccer analyst on RTE.

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Patrick Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Patrick Cockburn age 68 Patrick Oliver Cockburn is an Irish journalist who has been a Middle East correspondent for the Financial Times and, since 1991, The Independent. He has also worked as a correspondent in Moscow ...more

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Paul Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Paul Williams age 54 Paul Williams is an Irish media personality and writer on crime. His TV credits include Dirty Money and the self-regarding title Paul Williams Investigates—The Battle for the Gas Fields. In 2011 ...more

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Peadar O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Peadar O'Donnell Died at 93 (1893-1986) Peadar O'Donnell was one of the foremost radicals of twentieth century Ireland. O'Donnell became prominent as an Irish republican, socialist activist, politician and writer.

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Phelim McAleer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Phelim McAleer age 50 Phelim McAleer is a film director and film producer.

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Ray Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Ray Kennedy age 48 Ray Kennedy is an Irish news journalist currently working with RTÉ, Irish national television and radio. He was previously Ireland correspondent for Sky News in Dublin. He was one of the ...more

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Sean O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Sean O'Rourke age 63 Sean O'Rourke is an Irish journalist and broadcaster who works for the state TV company, Raidió Teilifís Éireann. He currently presents the Today with Sean O'Rourke show ...more

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Tim Pat Coogan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Tim Pat Coogan age 82 Timothy Patrick "Tim Pat" Coogan is an Irish historical writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He served as editor of The Irish Press newspaper from 1968-87. He has been ...more

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Tom Humphries is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Journalists from Ireland
Tom Humphries Tom Humphries is a sports journalist and columnist who wrote for The Irish Times. He lives in Dublin, Ireland and has two children from a former marriage.