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Famous People From Galway

Updated June 8, 2017 15.7k views240 items

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.
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  • Thomas Henry Burke

    Dec. at 53 (1829-1882)
    Thomas Henry Burke (29 May 1829 – 6 May 1882) was Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish...  more
  • John Sealy Townsend

    Dec. at 89 (1868-1957)
    Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend, FRS (7 June 1868 – 16 February 1957) was an Irish mathematical...  more
  • Frank Harris

    Dec. at 75 (1856-1931)
    Frank Harris (14 February 1855 – 26 August 1931) was an Irish editor, novelist, short story...  more
  • Paul King

    Age: 59
    Paul King (born 20 November 1960) is a British-Irish singer, musician, VJ and TV presenter....  more
  • Michael Morris, Baron Morris and 1st Baron Killanin, (14 November 1826 – 8 September 1901),...  more
  • Tony Lundon

    Age: 41
    Anthony William James "Tony" Lundon (born 13 April 1979, in Galway) is an Irish singer,...  more
  • Eamonn Dolan

    Age: 53
    Eamonn Dolan (20 September 1967 – 20 June 2016) was an Irish professional footballer and coach....  more
  • Aoife Mulholland ( EE-fə; Irish: [ˈiːfʲə]; born 29 May 1978) is an Irish actress and musical...  more
  • Rita Ann Higgins

    Dec. at 22 (1955-1977)
    Rita Ann Higgins (born 1955) is an Irish poet and playwright....  more
  • Stephen Patrick Kenny

    Age: 38
    Stephen Patrick Kenny is an actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter....
  • Séamus Brennan

    Dec. at 60 (1948-2008)
    Séamus Brennan (16 February 1948 – 9 July 2008) was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served...  more
  • Jerry Flannery

    Age: 41
    Jeremiah Paul Flannery (born 17 October 1978) is a former Irish rugby union player who played...  more
  • John Clark

    Dec. at 73 (1849-1922)
    John H. Clark (May 18, 1849 in Oughterard, County Galway – July 26, 1922 in Philadelphia,...  more
  • Nicola Coughlan

    Age: 33
    Nicola Coughlan is a film actress....
  • Layla Flaherty

    Age: 37
    Layla Flaherty is a model and actress that appeared in the ‘scripted-reality’ TV show...  more
  • Tom Kitt

    Age: 68
    Tom Kitt may refer to: Tom Kitt (politician) (born 1952), former Irish Fianna Fáil...  more
  • Brian Murphy

    Age: 34
    Brian Murphy is a rugby union player from Ireland. He primarily plays as a centre. Murphy last...  more
  • Ciarán Cannon (born 19 September 1965) is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as...  more
  • Jason Molloy

    Age: 32
    Jason "Jay" Molloy is an Irish footballer who plays as a forward for League of Ireland team...  more
  • Fergal Moore

    Age: 38
    Fergal Moore is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right corner-back for the Galway...  more
  • Máirtín O'Connor

    Máirtín O'Connor is an Irish button accordionist from Galway, Ireland, who began playing at...  more
  • Andrew Browne

    Age: 33
    Andrew Browne is a rugby union player from Ireland. Browne is a versatile forward, able to...  more
  • John Connor

    Dec. at 62 (1845-1907)
    John Connor (January 1, 1845 – February 5, 1907) was an American soldier who received the...  more
  • Aonghus Callanan

    Age: 35
    Aonghus Callanan is an Irish sportsman. He played for the Galway senior hurlers from 2005 to...  more
  • David Collins

    Age: 36
    David Collins (born 17 March 1984) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a right...  more