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Famous People From Galway

Updated June 8, 2017 15.8k 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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  • Pat Gibson

    Age: 59

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Patrick Gibson (born 19 July 1961) is an Irish quizzer. On 24 April 2004 he became the fourth contestant to win the £1m jackpot on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He is a multiple world...  more
  • Aedanus Burke

    Dec. at 59 (1743-1802)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Aedanus Burke (16 June 1743 – 30 March 1802) was a soldier, judge, and United States Representative from South Carolina....  more
  • John O'Donohoe

    Dec. at 78 (1824-1902)

    BirthplaceTuam, Galway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    John O'Donohoe (April 18, 1824 – December 7, 1902) was a Canadian politician....  more
  • Farrell Pelly

    Dec. at 72 (1891-1963)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Farrell Pelly was an actor....  more
  • Rita Tobin-Weske

    Dec. at 81 (1906-1987)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderFemale

    Rita Tobin-Weske was an actress....
  • Sir George Staunton, 1st Baronet

    Dec. at 64 (1737-1801)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Sir George Leonard Staunton, 1st Baronet (10 April 1737 – 14 January 1801) was an employee of the East India Company and a botanist. He was born in Cargins, Co Galway, Ireland and educated at the...  more
  • Ken Bruen

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Ken Bruen (born 1951) is an Irish writer of hard-boiled and noir crime fiction....  more
  • Hudson Lowe

    Dec. at 75 (1769-1844)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Sir Hudson Lowe (28 July 1769 – 10 January 1844) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and colonial administrator who is best known for his time as Governor of St Helena, where he was the "gaoler" of the...  more
  • BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Stephen O'Donnell (born 15 January 1986) is an Irish professional football coach and former player who is an opposition analyst and scout at League of Ireland Premier Division club Dundalk....  more
  • Thomas Burke

    Dec. at 36 (1747-1783)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Thomas Burke (ca. 1747 – December 2, 1783) was an Irish physician, lawyer, and statesman who lived in Hillsborough, North Carolina. He represented North Carolina as a delegate to the Continental...  more
  • John Davis

    Dec. at 76 (1817-1893)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    John Sydney Davis (1817 – 30 September 1893) was an early pastoralist and MLC in colonial Western Australia....  more
  • John F. Finerty

    Dec. at 62 (1846-1908)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    John Frederick Finerty (September 10, 1846 – June 10, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois....  more
  • BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Paul Hession (born 27 January 1983 in Galway) is an Irish international track and field athlete who the fastest Irishman in history over 200 metres. He specialises in the sprinting events,...  more
  • Eilís Dillon

    Dec. at 74 (1920-1994)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderFemale

    Eilís Dillon FRSL (7 March 1920 – 19 July 1994) was an Irish author of 50 books. Her work has been translated into 14 languages. ...  more
  • Joe Shaughnessy

    Age: 28

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Joe Shaughnessy (born 6 July 1992) is an Irish professional defender who plays for Southend United. Shaughnessy has previously played for Aberdeen, Forfar Athletic, Falkirk and St Johnstone. He has...  more
  • James McLoughlin

    Dec. at 76 (1929-2005)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    James McLoughlin (9 April 1929 – 25 November 2005) was the Roman Catholic Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, Ireland for twelve years from 1993 to...  more
  • Bryan Mahon

    Dec. at 68 (1862-1930)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    General Sir Bryan Thomas Mahon, (2 April 1862 – 29 September 1930) was an Irish born general of the British Army and senator of the short-lived Senate of Southern Ireland.....  more
  • Breandán Ó hEithir

    Dec. at 60 (1930-1990)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Breandán Ó hEithir (18 January 1930 – 26 October 1990) was an Irish writer and broadcaster....  more
  • BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    David Forde (born 20 December 1979) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. Internationally, Forde played for the Republic of Ireland between 2011 and 2016 and was part...  more
  • Leo Moran

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceTuam, Galway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Leo Moran (born 9 November 1964 in Tuam, Galway) is best known as lead guitarist and sometimes vocalist in the Irish folk rock band The Saw Doctors.Moran studied French and Sociology at University...  more
  • Patrick J. Whelan

    Dec. at 29 (1840-1869)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Patrick James Whelan (c. 1840 – 11 February 1869) was a suspected Fenian sympathiser executed following the 1869 assassination of Irish journalist and politician Thomas D'Arcy McGee. He maintained...  more
  • Johnny O'Connor

    Age: 40

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Johnny O'Connor (born 9 February 1980) is an Irish rugby union coach and former player. He is currently a strength and conditioning coach at his former club Connacht, having previously performed that...  more
  • Patrick T. Moore

    Dec. at 62 (1821-1883)

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Patrick Theodore Moore was a Confederate States Army brigadier general during the American Civil War. As colonel leading the 1st Virginia Infantry Regiment, he was severely wounded at the Battle of...  more
  • BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Brian Walsh (born 28 September 1972) is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency from 2011 to 2016. He also served as Mayor of Galway...  more
  • Conor O'Loughlin

    Age: 38

    BirthplaceGalway, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Conor O'Loughlin (born 16 July 1982) is a former Irish rugby union player for Connacht in the Celtic League. He played at scrum half. He retired due to a hip injury in 2011.He studied for a Business...  more