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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Brendan Francis Aidan Behan was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from an early age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to his serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and he was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During this time, he ...more

Age: Died at 41 (1923-1964)

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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#12 on The Best Irish Authors

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Colm Byrne 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 award and is a writer in residence with the LA Writer's Center. ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester. He was hailed as a champion of minorities as he collected the 2011 Irish PEN Award. In 2011, he was named one of Britain's Top 300 Intellectuals by The Observer. ...more

Age: 62

Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#20 on The Best Irish Authors

#83 on The Best Catholic Authors

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Conor McPherson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from Ireland
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Conor McPherson is an Irish playwright and director. ...more

Age: 46

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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