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List of famous people from Cork, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Cork, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Cork you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Cork, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Cork?" or "Which celebrities were born in Cork?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Jack Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Cork
Jack Gleeson age 24 - Jack Gleeson is an Irish actor, known worldwide for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

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Francis Browne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Cork
Francis Browne Died at 80 (1880-1960) - Rev. Francis Mary Hegarty Browne, SJ, MC with Bar, Croix de Guerre was a distinguished Irish Jesuit and a prolific photographer. His best known photographs are those of the RMS Titanic and its ...more

Peter Russell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Cork
Peter Russell Died at 75 (1733-1808) - Peter Russell was a gambler, government official, politician and judge in Upper Canada.

Seán Ó Faoláin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Cork
Seán Ó Faoláin Died at 91 (1900-1991) - Seán Proinsias Ó Faoláin was an Irish short story writer. He was elected Saoi of Aosdána in 1986. Born as John Francis Whelan in Cork City, County Cork, Ireland, Sean ...more

Hugh Lane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Cork
Hugh Lane Died at 40 (1875-1915) - Sir Hugh Percy Lane is best known for establishing Dublin's Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and for his remarkable contribution to the visual arts in Ireland, including the Lane Bequest. He died ...more

Mary Harris Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Cork
Mary Harris Jones Died at 93 (1837-1930) - Mary Harris "Mother" Jones was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She then helped coordinate major strikes and ...more

Patricia Lynch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Cork
Patricia Lynch Died at 74 (1898-1972) - Patricia Lynch was an Irish author of children's literature and journalist. She was the author of some 48 novels and 200 short stories. She is best known for blending Irish rural life and ...more

Kate Price is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Cork
Kate Price Died at 71 (1872-1943) - Kate Price was an Irish-born American actress. She is known for playing the role of Mrs. Kelly in the comedy series, The Cohens and Kellys, made by Universal Pictures between 1926 and 1932. ...more

Seán Ó Tuama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Cork
Seán Ó Tuama Died at 80 (1926-2006) - Seán Ó Tuama was an Irish poet, playwright and academic.

Paul Wallace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Cork
Paul Wallace age 44 - Paul Stephen Wallace is a former Irish rugby union player who played tight head prop for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. Paul currently works for Sky Sports as a rugby pundit and is ...more

Gerald Kean is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Cork
Gerald Kean age 58 - Gerald Kean is an Irish celebrity solicitor from County Cork. He is regularly the subject of social columns, particularly in the Sunday newspapers which have reported his lavish spending sprees ...more

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Cork
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin age 74 - Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin is an Irish poet and academic born in Cork.

Lelia Doolan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Cork
Lelia Doolan age 83 - Lelia Doolan, is an Irish producer. Doolan was born in Cork in 1934. She studied French and German at University College Dublin, where she won a scholarship to study at the Brecht Theatre in ...more

Brendan O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Cork
Brendan O'Connor age 45 - 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

Frank O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Cork
Frank O'Connor Died at 63 (1903-1966) - Frank O'Connor was an Irish writer of over 150 works, best known for his short stories and memoirs. The Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award is named in his honour.

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John England is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Cork
John England Died at 56 (1786-1842) - John England was the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Charleston, South Carolina.

Jemmett Browne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Cork
Jemmett Browne Died at 79 (1703-1782) - Jemmett Browne was the Church of Ireland bishop of Killaloe from 1743 to 1745, Bishop of Dromore for three months in the middle of 1745, Bishop of Cork and Ross from 1745 to 1772, Bishop of ...more

Edward Dowden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Cork
Edward Dowden Died at 70 (1843-1913) - Edward Dowden, was an Irish critic and poet.

Brian Carey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Cork
Brian Carey age 47 - Brian Patrick Carey is a former Irish international footballer who played in the Football League for Leicester City as well as Wrexham, whom he also served them as manager. Since his playing ...more

Tony Mullane is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Cork
Tony Mullane Died at 85 (1859-1944) - Anthony John "Tony" Mullane, nicknamed "Count" and "The Apollo of the Box", was an Irish Major League Baseball player who pitched for seven teams during his ...more

Tom O'Higgins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Cork
Tom O'Higgins Died at 87 (1916-2003) - Thomas Francis O'Higgins was an Irish Fine Gael politician, barrister and judge, who was Chief Justice of Ireland and a member of the European Court of Justice. Tom O'Higgins was born in Cork in ...more

Eddie Golden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Cork
Eddie Golden Died at 71 (1912-1983) - Eddie Golden was a film actor.

Kieran Murphy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Cork
Kieran Murphy age 48

Hugh Haughton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Cork
Hugh Haughton Hugh Haughton is an academic, author, editor and specialist in Irish literature and the literature of nonsense. Born in Cork in the Republic of Ireland and educated at Cambridge and Oxford, Hugh ...more

Marcus O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Cork
Marcus O'Sullivan age 55 - Marcus O'Sullivan is a retired Irish middle distance runner. Although he wasn't planning to go to any of Ireland's universities, O'Sullivan's running encouraged him to go to Villanova University ...more

Patrick Galvin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Cork
Patrick Galvin Died at 84 (1927-2011) - Patrick Galvin was an Irish poet, singer, playwright, and prose and screen writer born in Cork's inner city.

Robert Gibbings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Cork
Robert Gibbings Died at 69 (1889-1958) - Robert Gibbings was an Irish artist and author who was most noted for his work as a wood engraver and sculptor, and for his books on travel and natural history. Along with Noel Rooke he was one ...more

Stephen Ireland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Cork
Stephen Ireland age 29 - Stephen James Ireland is an Irish professional footballer who plays for English club Stoke City as an attacking midfielder. Ireland began his career with Cobh Ramblers before joining English ...more

Michael Farmer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Cork
Michael Farmer Died at 73 (1902-1975) - Michael Farmer was an actor and the husband of Gloria Swanson.

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Peter O'Leary is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Cork
Peter O'Leary age 32 - Peter O'Leary is an olympian sailor representing Ireland.

John Spillane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Cork
John Spillane age 54 - John Spillane is a singer-songwriter from Cork, Ireland. He graduated from University College Cork with a degree in Irish and in English.

John H. Foley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Cork
John H. Foley Died at 35 (1839-1874) - Sergeant John H. Foley was an Irish-born soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 3rd U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars. He was one of four men received the Medal of Honor for gallantry in ...more

Richard Church is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Cork
Richard Church Died at 89 (1784-1873) - Sir Richard Church KCH, CB, was a military officer in the British Army and general in the Greek army during the last stages of the Greek Revolution after 1827 and elected politician in Greece, ...more

Alicia Boole Stott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Cork
Alicia Boole Stott Died at 80 (1860-1940) - Alicia Boole Stott was a British mathematician, the third daughter of George Boole and Mary Everest Boole. She is best known for coining the term "polytope" for a convex solid in four ...more

Gavin O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Cork
Gavin O'Connor age 43 - Gavin O'Connor is an Irish actor, known for his roles in TV series such as The Tudors and films including Dorothy Mills, Eden, The Front Line, Headrush and This Is My Father. Born in Cork, ...more

William Maginn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Cork
William Maginn Died at 49 (1793-1842) - William Maginn, journalist and miscellaneous writer, born at Cork, became a contributor to Blackwood's Magazine, and after moving to London in 1824 became for a few months in 1826 the Paris ...more

Mick O'Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Cork
Mick O'Driscoll age 37 - Michael Rowan O'Driscoll is a retired Irish rugby union player. He played for Munster in the RaboDirect Pro12 and Heineken Cup, and played internationally for Ireland. He was an integral, senior ...more

Mary Aikenhead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Cork
Mary Aikenhead Died at 71 (1787-1858) - Mother Mary Frances Aikenhead was born in Daunt's Square off Grand Parade, Cork, Ireland. She was the founder of the Catholic religious institute, the Religious Sisters of Charity, and of St. ...more

Abraham Abell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Cork
Abraham Abell Died at 62 (1789-1851) - Abraham Abell was an Irish antiquarian.

Betty Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Cork
Betty Miller Died at 55 (1910-1965) - Betty Miller was a Jewish author of both literary fiction and non-fiction. She wrote her first novel, The Mere Living, whilst studying journalism at University College London. Her literary ...more

Úna Palliser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Cork
Úna Palliser Una Palliser is an Irish born, London based violinist, violist, singer and multi-instrumentalist who as well as being classically trained, is recognised for her proficiency in many musical ...more

Jack McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Cork
Jack McAuliffe Died at 71 (1866-1937) - Jack McAuliffe was an Irish-American boxer who fought mostly out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Nicknamed "The Napoleon of the Ring," McAuliffe was one of only twelve world boxing ...more

Philip King is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Cork
Philip King age 63 - Philip King is a musician, film maker, and broadcaster. He is a vocalist and harmonica player, a founding member of the band Scullion, and is noted for his knowledge of the roots of Irish music ...more

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Marian Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Cork
Marian Heffernan age 33 - Marian Heffernan is an Irish athlete who competed at the in the Women's 4 × 400 metres relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Heffernan is fifth in the all-time Irish record books for the ...more

Lochlainn McKenna is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Cork
Lochlainn McKenna age 22 - Lochlainn Myles Crimthann McKenna is an Irish actor from Cork City. He has appeared in a films, television programmes, web series and stage productions.

Olive Loughnane is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Cork
Olive Loughnane age 39 - Olive Loughnane is a retired Irish race walker. She has competed in four Olympic Games. Loughnane has represented Ireland at five consecutive editions of the World Championships in Athletics and ...more

James William Adams is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Cork
James William Adams Died at 64 (1839-1903) - Reverend James William Adams VC was born in Cork and was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be ...more

Breandán Ó Buachalla is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Cork
Breandán Ó Buachalla Died at 74 (1936-2010) - Breandán Ó Buachalla was an Irish scholar of the Irish language. According to Raidió Teilifís Éireann, he was "the leading authority on Gaelic poetry and ...more

John Sandes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Cork
John Sandes Died at 75 (1863-1938) - John Sandes was an Australian journalist and author.

Ciarán O'Lionaird is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Cork
Ciarán O'Lionaird age 27 - Ciarán Ó Lionáird is an Irish runner from Cork. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 1500 metres. At the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in March, he ...more