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

This list below has everything from Denis Leary to Gabriel Byrne.

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

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Aaron McCann is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 34 Aaron McCann is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer and an actor.

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Arthur Mathews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 58 Arthur Mathews is an Irish comedy writer and actor who, often with writing partner Graham Linehan, has either written or contributed to a number of popular television comedies, most notably ...more

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Arthur Wing Pinero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 79 (1855-1934) Sir Arthur Wing Pinero known mononymously as Pinero was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director.

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Barry Dignam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 47 Barry Dignam is a film director, writer and producer.

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Bing Bailey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Bing Bailey is a film director, screenwriter, film producer, film editor and casting director.

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 41 (1923-1964) 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 ...more

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Brendan McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Brendan McCarthy is an Irish film producer and screenwriter based in Dublin, Ireland. Together with John McDonnell, McCarthy runs the Oscar-winning production company Fantastic Films. Recent ...more

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Ciaran Creagh is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Ciaran Creagh age 53 Ciaran Creagh is an Irish writer from Dublin who writes for the theatre and film. He has had three plays publicly performed and his first film, PARKED, starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan. ...more

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Ciaran Davies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Ciaran Davies Ciaran Davies is an actor, film producer, film director, screenwriter and film editor.

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Conor McDermottroe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 58 Conor McDermottroe is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Conor Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Conor Morrissey is a film director, screenwriter, actor, film editor and film producer.

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David Noel Bourke is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
David Noel Bourke age 47 David Noel Bourke is a Denmark-based, Irish-born independent filmmaker. Made his debut movie Last Exit, a low budget underground movie in 2003 which was officially released in the US and Europe. ...more

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 60 Denis Colin Leary is an actor and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, ...more

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Dermot Tynan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 56 Dermot Tynan is an Irish film director. Most recently, he wrote and directed the film A Place in my Heart with Suki Webster and Marc Culwick. He is the owner of Claddagh Films, an independent ...more

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Dermott Petty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dermott Petty is an independent filmmaker from Lisdoonvarna, County Clare in Ireland.

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Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 34 Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor, director, and writer. He has acted on both stage and screen, picking up a Tony Award nomination in 2006 for his part in the Broadway production The Lieutenant ...more

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Dónal Foreman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 32 Dónal Foreman is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, and film editor.

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Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 44 Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his sardonic observational comedy, the UK television sitcom Black Books, and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun ...more

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Ed Byrne is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 45 Edward Cathal "Ed" Byrne is an Irish stand-up comedian, voice over artist and actor. He has presented television shows Uncut! Best Unseen Ads and Just for Laughs, and is a guest on ...more

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Eilis Kirwan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 46 Eilis Kirwan is an Irish film director and screenwriter who was nominated for the Genie Award for Best Original Screenplay for the 2010 film The Whistleblower along with Larysa Kondracki. Born ...more

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Enda Walsh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 51 Enda Walsh is an Irish playwright.

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Eoin Macken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 35 Eoin Christopher Macken is an Irish actor, film maker, author, and model. His first name is pronounced Owen. Macken has modelled for Abercrombie and Fitch, Ralph Lauren, and GQ, and has appeared ...more

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Fintan Connolly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Fintan Connolly Fintan Connolly is an Irish film director, screenwriter and producer living in Dublin. Most of his earlier work has been in television documentaries, where he explores social issues in Ireland ...more

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Frank Deasy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 50 (1959-2009) Frank Deasy was an Irish screenwriter. He won an Emmy Award for the television series Prime Suspect and was also nominated for his works, Looking After Jo Jo and The Grass Arena. His other works ...more

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Frank McGuinness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 64 Professor Frank McGuinness is an Irish playwright, poet, novelist, short story writer, and opera libretist. As well as his own works, which include The Factory Girls, Observe the Sons of Ulster ...more

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 67 Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's ...more

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Gerald Stembridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 60 Gerard "Gerry" Stembridge is an Irish writer, director and actor. He was educated at CBS Sexton Street in Limerick. While attending University College Dublin, he was auditor of the ...more

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Gerard Beirne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 55 Gerard Beirne is an Irish author currently living in Canada.Beirne was the writer in residence for the 2008-2009 academical year at the University of New Brunswick, where he currently works at ...more

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Gísli Örn Gardarsson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 44 Gísli Örn Gardarsson is an actor.

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Glenn McQuaid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 44 Glenn McQuaid is a film director, producer, editor and screenwriter.

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Graham Linehan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 49 Graham Linehan is an Irish television comedy writer and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies. He is most ...more

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Herbert Brenon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 78 (1880-1958) Herbert Brenon was an Irish film director during the era of silent movies through the 1930s. He was born in Dublin and was educated at St Paul's School and at King's College London. Before ...more

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Hugh Leonard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 83 (1926-2009) Hugh Leonard was an Irish dramatist, television writer and essayist. In a career that spanned 50 years, Leonard wrote nearly 30 full-length plays, 10 one-act plays, three volumes of essays, two ...more

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Hugh O'Conor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 40 Hugh O'Conor is an Irish actor. He started his acting career when he was ten. His first film appearance was opposite Liam Neeson in the 1985 movie Lamb. He won Young Artist Awards of 1990 for ...more

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Ian FitzGibbon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 56 Ian Fitzgibbon is an Irish film and television actor/director. He is perhaps best known for directing Spin the Bottle, A Film with Me in It and the Comedy Central UK show Threesome, and for the ...more

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Jack Henley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Jack Henley Dec. at 62 (1896-1958) Jack Henley was an American screenwriter. He wrote for 80 films between 1932 and 1955. He was born in Ireland, and died in Los Angeles, California.

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Jim Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 66 Jim Sheridan is an Irish film director. A six-time Academy Award nominee, Sheridan is perhaps best known for his films My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, The Field and In America.

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 45 James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more

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John Carney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 46 John Carney is an Irish film and TV writer/director who specialises in low-budget indie films. He is best known for his award-winning 2007 movie Once. He is also a co-creator of the Irish TV ...more

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John Moore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 48 John Moore is an Irish director, producer, and writer.

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John Morton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
John Morton age 35 John Morton is an actor, screenwriter and film director.

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Joyce Cary is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Dec. at 69 (1888-1957) Arthur Joyce Lunel Cary was an Anglo-Irish novelist and artist.

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Karl Geary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 45 Karl John Geary is an Irish-born American actor and club owner.

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Kealan O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Kealan O'Rourke Kealan O'Rourke is a film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

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Kevin Lehane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Kevin Lehane Kevin Lehane is an Irish screenwriter. In 2009, his speculative screenplay Grabbers was listed on the Brit List and in late 2010 it began production marking his feature film debut. In 2013, he ...more

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Kirsten Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 41 Kirsten Sheridan is an Irish film director and screenwriter. The director of August Rush and Disco Pigs, Sheridan was nominated for an Academy Award for co-writing the semi-autobiographical film ...more

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Lorcan Finnegan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Lorcan Finnegan Lorcan Finnegan is a film director, screenwriter and a film editor.

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Louis Marcus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Louis Marcus age 82 Louis Marcus is a film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Macdara Vallely is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
Macdara Vallely Macdara Vallely is a screenwriter, film director, and film editor.

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Margo Harkin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Ireland
age 66 Margo Harkin is a film producer, director, screenwriter and documentary filmmaker.