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

List includes Oscar Wilde, Seamus Heaney and more.

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

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets 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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Cathal Ó Searcaigh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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Cathal Ó Searcaigh is an Irish poet, playwright and prose writer who writes in the Irish language. Ó Searcaigh was born in Gortahork, a town in the Gaeltacht region of Donegal, and lives at the foot of Mount Errigal. ...more

Age: 61

Birthplace: Gortahork, Republic of Ireland

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Cecil Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets from Ireland
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Cecil Day-Lewis, CBE was a British poet and the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1968 until his death in 1972. He also wrote mystery stories under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake. He is the father of actor Daniel Day-Lewis and documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day-Lewis. In his autobiography The Buried Day, he wrote "As a writer I do not use the hyphen in my surname – a piece of inverted snobbery which has produced rather mixed results . . . .". ...more

Age: Died at 68 (1904-1972)

Birthplace: Ballintubber, Republic of Ireland

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets 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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