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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
Thomas Henry Burke Died at 53 (1829-1882) - Thomas Henry Burke 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 killing was carried out by an ...more

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John Sealy Townsend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Galway
John Sealy Townsend Died at 89 (1868-1957) - Sir John Sealy Edward Townsend, FRS was a mathematical physicist who conducted various studies concerning the electrical conduction of gases and directly measured the electrical charge. He was a ...more

Frank Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Galway
Frank Harris Died at 75 (1856-1931) - Frank Harris was an editor, journalist and publisher, who was friendly with many well-known figures of his day. Born in Ireland, he emigrated to America early in life, working in a variety of ...more

Paul King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Galway
Paul King age 56 - Paul King is an Irish-born English singer, musician, VJ and TV presenter.

Michael Morris, 1st Baron Kill... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Galway
Michael Morris, 1st Baron Killanin Died at 75 (1826-1901) - Michael Morris, 1st Baron Killanin PC, QC, known as Sir Michael Morris, Bt, from 1885 to 1889 and as The Lord Morris between 1889 and 1900, 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 37 - Anthony William James "Tony" Lundon is an Irish singer, dancer, cinematographer, director, producer, writer, presenter and actor. He is best known as a member of the pop/R&B group ...more

Eamonn Dolan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Galway
Eamonn Dolan age 48 - Eamonn Dolan is an Irish ex-professional footballer, now working as a coach at Reading. Dolan played as a striker, beginning his career with West Ham United, before moving on to Birmingham City ...more

Aoife Mulholland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Galway
Aoife Mulholland age 37 - Aoife Mulholland is an Irish actress and musical theatre performer from Salthill, Galway. Aoife is a successful leading lady in London's West End. She has starred as Roxie Hart in Chicago, at ...more

Rita Ann Higgins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Galway
Rita Ann Higgins Died at 22 (1955-1977) - Rita Ann Higgins 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 33 - 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
Séamus Brennan Died at 60 (1948-2008) - Séamus Brennan was an Irish Fianna Fáil politician and a Teachta Dála for Dublin South. He served as a Minister of State, Minister for Tourism and Transport, Minister for ...more

Jerry Flannery is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Galway
Jerry Flannery age 37 - Jeremiah Paul "Jerry" Flannery 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 problems and ...more

John Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Galway
John Clark Died at 73 (1849-1922) - John H. Clark was an Irish-American boxer. He was born in Oughterard, County Galway, but spent most of childhood in England before moving to the United States. Clark was a clog and jig dancer ...more

Nicola Coughlan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Galway
Nicola Coughlan age 28 - Nicola Coughlan is a film actress.

Layla Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Galway
Layla Flaherty age 32 - Layla Flaherty is a model and actress that appeared in the ‘scripted-reality’ TV show Desperate Scousewives, which was broadcast on E4 in 2011.

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Tom Kitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Galway
Tom Kitt age 63 - Tom Kitt is a former Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He served as a Teachta Dála for the Dublin South constituency from 1987 to 2011. He also served as Government Chief Whip from

Brian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Galway
Brian Murphy age 30 - 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
Ciarán Cannon age 50 - Ciarán Cannon is an Irish politician and a Fine Gael Teachta Dála for the Galway East constituency since the 2011 general election. He previously served as Minister of State for ...more

Jason Molloy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Galway
Jason Molloy age 27 - 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 33 - 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'Connor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Galway
Máirtín O'Connor 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 28 - 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 Died at 62 (1845-1907) - John Connor 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 joining the United States Army from ...more

Aonghus Callanan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Galway
Aonghus Callanan age 30 - 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 33 - David Collins 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 of the starting fifteen since ...more

Tadhg Haran is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Galway
Tadhg Haran age 24 - Tadhg Haran is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a midfielder for Liam Mellows and the Galway senior hurling team. Haran made his first appearance for the senior team during the 2012 ...more

Ollie Keogh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Galway
Ollie Keogh age 40

P. J. Smyth is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Galway
P. J. Smyth age 67 - P. J. Smyth is an Irish former sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Tuam Stars and was a member of the Galway senior inter-county team from 1971 until 1972. Smyth has the ...more

Declan McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Galway
Declan McDonnell age 67 - Declan McDonnell is an independent politician in Ireland, having previously been a member of the Progressive Democrats. He was elected in June 2009 as Mayor of Galway, He had held the office ...more

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Barry Daly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Galway
Barry Daly age 25 - Barry Daly is an Irish hurler who played as a right wing-forward for the Galway senior team. Daly made his first appearance for the team during the 2011 championship and, while he started the ...more

Daryl Horgan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Galway
Daryl Horgan age 23 - Daryl Horgan is a soccer player who plays for Dundalk F.C.

Eoin Griffin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Galway
Eoin Griffin age 25 - Eoin Griffin is an Irish professional rugby union player. He mainly plays as a centre, primarily at outside centre, but can also play on the inside. Griffin plays for London Irish, having joined ...more

Derek Savage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Galway
Derek Savage age 37 - Derek Savage is a former inter-county Gaelic football player for Galway. He plays his club football with his local club Cortoon Shamrocks and was a member of the Galway senior team from 1998 to ...more

Nicky Joyce is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Galway
Nicky Joyce age 32 - Nicky Joyce is an inter-county Gaelic football player for Galway. He plays his club football with Killererin and was a member of the Galway senior team from 2003 to 2010 but returned in 2012.

Patrick Lynch is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Galway
Patrick Lynch Patrick Lynch was an Irish emigrant who became a significant landowner in Rio de la Plata, which is now part of Argentina. He was born in Galway and was the second son of Captain Patrick Lynch ...more

Gary Sice is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Galway
Gary Sice Gary Sice is a Gaelic footballer from Corofin, County Galway. He plays with his local club, Corofin, and has been a member of the Galway senior football team since 2007. Sice was a key member of ...more

Pádraic Ó Conaire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Galway
Pádraic Ó Conaire Died at 46 (1882-1928) - Pádraic Ó Conaire was an Irish writer and journalist whose production was primarily in the Irish language. In his lifetime he wrote 26 books, 473 stories, 237 essays and 6 plays. ...more

Anthony Lynch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Galway
Anthony Lynch Anthony Lynch, Master of Sacred Theology and slave, c. 1576-after 1636. Lynch was born in the town of Galway, Ireland, a son of Nicholas Lynch and Juliana Martin. He spent some years in trade ...more

Frank Kilkelly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Galway
Frank Kilkelly age 36

Christopher Folan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Galway
Christopher Folan Christopher Folan, Irish War of Independence victim, died 11 May 1921. Christy Folan, age 18, was a native of Woodquay, Galway City. His brother James Folan was a Battalion Quarter-Master of the ...more

Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Galway
Nora-Jane Noone age 33 - Nora-Jane Noone is an Irish film and television actress best known for her role in The Magdalene Sisters, where she played Bernadette.

Walter Macken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Galway
Walter Macken Died at 52 (1915-1967) - Walter Macken, was born in Galway, Ireland. He was a writer of short stories, novels and plays. Originally an actor, principally with the Taibhdhearc in Galway, and The Abbey Theatre, he played ...more

Rosie Fellner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Galway
Rosie Fellner age 37 - Rosie Fellner is an actress and film producer.

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Tara Breathnach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Galway
Tara Breathnach age 35 - Tara Breathnach is an actress.

John Wilson Croker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Galway
John Wilson Croker Died at 77 (1780-1857) - John Wilson Croker was an Irish statesman and author.

Richard Kirwan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Galway
Richard Kirwan Died at 79 (1733-1812) - Richard Kirwan, FRS. MRIA was an Irish scientist. He was one of the last supporters of the theory of phlogiston. Kirwan was active in the fields of chemistry, meteorology, and geology. He was ...more

Conor Woodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Galway
Conor Woodman age 41 - Conor Woodman is an Irish director, television presenter, author and public speaker.

Joe Pilkington is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Galway
Joe Pilkington Died at 59 (1940-1999) - Joe Pilkington was an Irish actor.

George F. O'Shaunessy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Galway
George F. O'Shaunessy Died at 66 (1868-1934) - George Francis O'Shaunessy was born in Galway, Ireland, May 1, 1868, and immigrated to New York in 1872. After attending Columbia College Law School, he was admitted to the bar of New York in ...more

Michael P. Kitt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Galway
Michael P. Kitt age 65 - Michael Paschal Kitt is an Irish Fianna Fáil politician. He is a Teachta Dála for the Galway East constituency, and is the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann. Born ...more