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Famous People From Galway

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List of famous people from Galway, 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 Galway, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Galway 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 Galway, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People on this list include Pádraic Joyce and John O'Donnell.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Galway?" or "Which celebrities were born in Galway?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Thomas Henry Burke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Galway
Dec. at 53 (1829-1882)

Birthplace: Tuam, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Thomas Henry Burke (29 May 1829 – 6 May 1882) was Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office for many years before being killed during the Phoenix Park Murders on Saturday 6 May 1882. The ...more
John Sealy Townsend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Galway
Dec. at 89 (1868-1957)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend, FRS (7 June 1868 – 16 February 1957) was an Irish mathematical physicist who conducted various studies concerning the electrical conduction of gases (concerning ...more
Frank Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Galway
Dec. at 75 (1856-1931)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Frank Harris (14 February 1855 – 26 August 1931) was an Irish editor, novelist, short story writer, journalist and publisher, who was friendly with many well-known figures of his day. Born in ...more
Paul King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Galway
Age: 58

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Paul King (born 20 November 1960) is a British-Irish singer, musician, VJ and TV presenter.
Michael Morris, 1st Baro... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Galway
Dec. at 75 (1826-1901)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Michael Morris, Baron Morris and 1st Baron Killanin, (14 November 1826 – 8 September 1901), known as Sir Michael Morris, Bt, from 1885 to 1889, was an Irish lawyer and judge. He was Lord Chief ...more
Tony Lundon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Galway
Tony Lundon Age: 39

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Anthony William James "Tony" Lundon (born 13 April 1979, in Galway) is an Irish singer, dancer, cinematographer, director, producer, writer, presenter plus actor. He is best known as a ...more
Eamonn Dolan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Galway
Eamonn Dolan Age: 51

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Eamonn Dolan (20 September 1967 – 20 June 2016) was an Irish professional footballer and coach.
Aoife Mulholland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Galway
Age: 40

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Aoife Mulholland ( EE-fə; Irish: [ˈiːfʲə]; born 29 May 1978) is an Irish actress and musical theatre performer from Salthill, Galway. Aoife is a successful leading lady in London's West End. She ...more
Rita Ann Higgins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Galway
Rita Ann Higgins Dec. at 22 (1955-1977)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Rita Ann Higgins (born 1955) is an Irish poet and playwright.
Stephen Patrick Kenny is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Galway
Stephen Patrick Kenny Age: 37

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Stephen Patrick Kenny is an actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter.
Séamus Brennan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Galway
Dec. at 60 (1948-2008)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Séamus Brennan (16 February 1948 – 9 July 2008) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism from 2007 to 2008, Minister for Social and ...more
Jerry Flannery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Galway
Jerry Flannery Age: 40

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Jeremiah Paul Flannery (born 17 October 1978) is a former Irish rugby union player who played for Munster and Ireland. He played as a hooker. Flannery retired in March 2012 due to injury ...more
John Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Galway
John Clark Dec. at 73 (1849-1922)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

John H. Clark (May 18, 1849 in Oughterard, County Galway – July 26, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was an Irish-American boxer. He was born in Oughterard, County Galway, but spent most of ...more
Nicola Coughlan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Galway
Nicola Coughlan Age: 32

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Galway

Nicola Coughlan is a film actress.
Layla Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Galway
Layla Flaherty Age: 36

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Layla Flaherty is a model and actress that appeared in the ‘scripted-reality’ TV show Desperate Scousewives, which was broadcast on E4 in 2011.
Tom Kitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Galway
Age: 66

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Tom Kitt may refer to: Tom Kitt (politician) (born 1952), former Irish Fianna Fáil politician Tom Kitt (musician) (born 1974), American composer and musician
Brian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Galway
Brian Murphy Age: 33

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Brian Murphy is a rugby union player from Ireland. He primarily plays as a centre. Murphy last played professionally for Irish provincial side Connacht Rugby in the Pro12. Murphy grew up in Mayo ...more
Ciarán Cannon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Galway
Age: 53

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Ciarán Cannon (born 19 September 1965) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development since June 2017. He has been a ...more
Jason Molloy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Galway
Jason Molloy Age: 30

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Jason "Jay" Molloy is an Irish footballer who plays as a forward for League of Ireland team Galway FC.
Fergal Moore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Galway
Fergal Moore Age: 36

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Fergal Moore is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-back for the Galway senior team. A brother of former Galway hurler Cathal, Moore made his first appearance for the team ...more
Máirtín O'... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Galway
Máirtín O'Connor

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Máirtín O'Connor is an Irish button accordionist from Galway, Ireland, who began playing at the age of nine, and whose career has seen him as a member of many traditional music ...more
Andrew Browne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Galway
Andrew Browne Age: 32

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Andrew Browne is a rugby union player from Ireland. Browne is a versatile forward, able to play as a flanker or a lock. Browne currently plays for Irish provincial side Connacht Rugby in the Pro ...more
John Connor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Galway
John Connor Dec. at 62 (1845-1907)

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

John Connor (January 1, 1845 – February 5, 1907) was an American soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the American Indian Wars Connor was born January 1, 1845 and after ...more
Aonghus Callanan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Galway
Aonghus Callanan Age: 34

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

Aonghus Callanan is an Irish sportsman. He played for the Galway senior hurlers from 2005 to 2013. He plays club hurling with Liam Mellows and his gaelic football with Salthill-Knocknacarra. ...more
David Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Galway
David Collins Age: 34

Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland

David Collins (born 17 March 1984) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-back for the Galway senior team. He joined the team in 2004 and has been a regular member until ...more