Famous Playwrights from Ireland

List of notable or famous playwrights from Ireland, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Ireland and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Ireland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Irish playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Ireland is included when available.

Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats are included on this list.

This historic playwrights from Ireland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Irish playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Ireland?" These prominent playwrights of Ireland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Irish playwrights.

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  • Brendan Behan
    Dec. at 41 (1923-1964)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (christened Francis Behan) ( BEE-ən; Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote ...more
  • Colm Byrne
    Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland
    Colm Byrne (born 1966) is an Irish playwright. He was born in Limerick and lives in Galway. His plays have been noted as political, lively and poetic. He is a recipient of a Bay Area Critics Circle ...more
    • Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland
    Colm Tóibín (Irish pronunciation: [ˈkɔl̪ˠəmˠ t̪ˠoːˈbʲiːnʲ]; born 30 May 1955) is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet.Tóibín is currently Irene and ...more
    • Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin
    Conor McPherson (born 6 August 1971) is an Irish playwright, screenwriter and director of stage and film. In recognition of his contribution to world theatre, McPherson was awarded a doctorate of ...more
    • Birthplace: Athlone, Republic of Ireland
    Declan Lynch (born 1961) is an Irish journalist, writer and playwright. Lynch was born in Athlone, Ireland, and now works for the Sunday Independent. Lynch graduated from Marist College secondary ...more
  • Dion Boucicault
    Dec. at 69 (1820-1890)
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    Dionysius Lardner "Dion" Boucicault (né Boursiquot; 26 December 1820 – 18 September 1890) was an Irish actor and playwright famed for his melodramas. By the later part of the 19th century, ...more