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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 7.4k votes 1.1k voters 71.7k views81 items

List of the best soccer players from Ireland. List includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Ireland, along with photos when available. This list of best Irish soccer players is ordered by popularity, so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Irish soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for.

The list you're viewing is made up of different players like John O'Shea and Michael Robinson.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Irish footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Irish soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Irish soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching.
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    Roy Keane

    Midfielder
    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional...  more

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    Paul McGrath

    Defender
    Paul McGrath (born 4 December 1959) is an Irish former professional footballer, who played as...  more
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    Robert David Keane (born 8 July 1980) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as...  more
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    Denis Irwin

    Defender
    Joseph Denis Irwin (born 31 October 1965) is an Irish former professional footballer who...  more
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    Liam Brady

    Midfielder
    William Brady (born 13 February 1956) is an Irish former footballer, and assistant manager, of...  more

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    Johnny Giles

    Midfielder
    Michael John Giles (born 6 November 1940) is an Irish former association football player and...  more
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    Shay Given

    Goalkeeper
    Séamus John James Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish former professional footballer who...  more
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    George Best

    Midfielder
    George Best (22 May 1946 – 25 November 2005) was a Northern Irish professional footballer who...  more

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    For other people with the same name, see Jimmy Dunne (disambiguation).James Dunne (3 September...  more
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    Damien Duff

    Defender, Forward
    Damien Anthony Duff (born 2 March 1979) is an Irish professional football coach and former...  more
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    Séamus Coleman

    Defender, Midfielder
    Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a...  more
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    Ronnie Whelan

    Midfielder
    Ronald Andrew Whelan (; born 25 September 1961) is an Irish former soccer player who played as...  more
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    Ray Houghton

    Midfielder
    Raymond James Houghton (born 9 January 1962) is a retired football player, and current analyst...  more
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    Packie Bonner

    Goalkeeper
    Patrick Joseph "Packie" "Pat" Bonner (born 24 May 1960) is an Irish retired football...  more
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    David Anthony O'Leary (born 2 May 1958) is an Irish football manager and former player. His...  more
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    John William "Aldo" Aldridge (born 18 September 1958 in Liverpool, England) is a former...  more

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    Billy Whelan

    Forward, Inside forward
    William Augustine Whelan (1 April 1935 – 6 February 1958), also known as Billy Whelan or Liam...  more
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    Stephen Staunton (born 19 January 1969) is an Irish association football manager and former...  more
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    John O'Shea

    Defender, Midfielder
    John Francis O'Shea (born 30 April 1981) is an Irish former professional footballer and...  more
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    Francis Anthony "Frank" Stapleton (born 10 July 1956 in Dublin) is an Irish former football...  more
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    Steve Finnan

    Defender
    Stephen John "Steve" Finnan (born 24 April 1976) is an Irish former international footballer...  more
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    Kenneth Edward Cunningham (born 28 June 1971) is an Irish former footballer who played as a...  more
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    Richard Patrick Dunne (born 21 September 1979) is an Irish former footballer and current...  more
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    Mark Thomas Lawrenson (born 2 June 1957) is a former Republic of Ireland international...  more
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    Stephen Derek Heighway (born 25 November 1947) is an Irish former footballer who was part of...  more