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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.
  • Tadhg Haran

    Age: 29
    Tadhg Haran is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a midfielder for Liam Mellows and the...  more
  • Ollie Keogh

    Age: 45
  • P. J. Smyth

    Age: 72
    P. J. Smyth (born 1948 in Tuam, County Galway) is an Irish former sportsperson. He played...  more
  • Declan McDonnell

    Age: 72
    Declan McDonnell (born 1948) is an independent politician in Ireland, having previously been a...  more
  • Barry Daly

    Age: 30
    Barry Daly is an Irish hurler who played as a right wing-forward for the Galway senior...  more
  • Daryl Horgan

    Age: 28
    Daryl Horgan is a soccer player who plays for Dundalk F.C....
  • Eoin Griffin

    Age: 30
    Eoin Griffin (Irish name: Eoghan Ó Griofa ; born 18 September 1990) is a former professional...  more
  • Derek Savage

    Age: 42
    Derek Savage is a former inter-county Gaelic football player for Galway. He plays his club...  more
  • Nicky Joyce

    Age: 32
    Nicky Joyce is an inter-county Gaelic football player for Galway. He plays his club football...  more
  • Patrick Lynch

    Patrick Lynch (born 1715, died 1789) was an Irish emigrant who became a significant landowner...  more
  • Gary Sice

    Gary Sice (born 8 November 1984) is a Gaelic footballer from Corofin, County Galway. He plays...  more
  • Pádraic Ó Conaire

    Dec. at 46 (1882-1928)
    Pádraic Ó Conaire (28 February 1882 – 6 October 1928) was an Irish writer and journalist whose...  more
  • Anthony Lynch

    Anthony Lynch (STM), Master of Sacred Theology and slave, c. 1576-after 1636. Lynch was born...  more
  • Frank Kilkelly

    Age: 41
  • Christopher Folan

    Christopher Folan, Irish War of Independence victim, died 11 May 1921. Christy Folan, age 18,...  more
  • Nora-Jane Noone (born 8 March 1984) is an Irish actress. She rose to prominence for her debut...  more
  • Walter Macken

    Dec. at 52 (1915-1967)
    Walter Macken (3 May 1915 - 22 April 1967) (Irish Uaitéar Ó Maicín), was born in Galway,...  more
  • Rosie Fellner is an actress and film producer....  more
  • Tara Breathnach is an actress....  more
  • John Wilson Croker

    Dec. at 77 (1780-1857)
    John Wilson Croker (20 December 1780 – 10 August 1857) was an Irish statesman and author....  more
  • Richard Kirwan

    Dec. at 79 (1733-1812)
    Richard Kirwan, LL.D, FRS, FRSE MRIA (1 August 1733 – 22 June 1812) was an Irish geologist and...  more
  • Conor Woodman

    Age: 46
    Conor T. P. Woodman (born 21 March 1974) is an Irish director, television presenter, author...  more
  • Joe Pilkington

    Dec. at 59 (1940-1999)
    Joe Pilkington was an Irish actor....  more
  • George F. O'Shaunessy

    Dec. at 66 (1868-1934)
    George Francis O'Shaunessy was born in Galway, Ireland, May 1, 1868, and immigrated to New...  more
  • Michael Paschal Kitt (born 17 May 1950) is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician who served as...  more