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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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Jack Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Cork
age 23
Jack Gleeson is an Irish actor, known worldwide for his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the HBO television series Game of Thrones.

Francis Browne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Cork
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 47
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
age 62
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
age 76
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
age 85
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
age 49
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
Dec. 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.

John England is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Cork
John England Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
age 50
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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 51

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
age 57
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