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Famous Screenwriters from Ireland

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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 35
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 59
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 54
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 59
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 48
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 61
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 57
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 35
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 33
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 46
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 47
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 52
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 36
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 65
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