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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 7.0k votes 1.1k voters 70.7k 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.

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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
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    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Roy Maurice Keane (born 10 August 1971) is an Irish football manager and former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul McGrath
    260
    72

    Paul McGrath

    Defender

    BirthplaceEaling, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, England

    Paul McGrath (born 4 December 1959) is an Irish former professional footballer, who played as... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Robbie Keane
    309
    100

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Robert David Keane (born 8 July 1980) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as... more on Wikipedia

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    Denis Irwin
    167
    28

    Denis Irwin

    Defender

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Joseph Denis Irwin (born 31 October 1965) is an Irish former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Liam Brady
    198
    57

    Liam Brady

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

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

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    Shay Given
    176
    54

    Shay Given

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLifford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Séamus John James Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Johnny Giles
    148
    38

    Johnny Giles

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Michael John Giles (born 6 November 1940) is an Irish former association football player and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    George Best
    77
    9

    George Best

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United Kingdom

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

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    Jimmy Dunne
    98
    28

    BirthplaceRingsend, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    For other people with the same name, see Jimmy Dunne (disambiguation).James Dunne (3 September... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Johnny Carey
    90
    23

    Johnny Carey

    Defender

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom

    John Joseph Carey (23 February 1919 – 22 August 1995), known as Johnny Carey or Jackie Carey,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Tony Cascarino
    78
    15

    BirthplaceSt Paul's Cray, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Anthony Guy Cascarino (born 1 September 1962) is a former footballer who played as a forward... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Damien Duff
    127
    53

    Damien Duff

    Defender, Forward

    BirthplaceBallyboden, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Damien Anthony Duff (born 2 March 1979) is an Irish professional football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Séamus Coleman
    117
    50

    Séamus Coleman

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceKillybegs, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Ronnie Whelan
    102
    38

    Ronnie Whelan

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Ronald Andrew Whelan (; born 25 September 1961) is an Irish former soccer player who played as... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Kevin Doyle
    83
    26

    Kevin Doyle

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceAdamstown, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Kevin Edward Doyle (born 18 September 1983) is an Irish former professional footballer who... more on Wikipedia
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    9

    Billy Whelan

    Forward, Inside forward

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    William Augustine Whelan (1 April 1935 – 6 February 1958), also known as Billy Whelan or Liam... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Kevin Moran
    77
    21

    Kevin Moran

    Defender

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Kevin Bernard Moran (born 29 April 1956) is a former Irish footballer who excelled at the top... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Packie Bonner
    84
    29

    Packie Bonner

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceBurtonport, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Patrick Joseph "Packie" "Pat" Bonner (born 24 May 1960) is an Irish retired football... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Ray Houghton
    89
    34

    Ray Houghton

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Raymond James Houghton (born 9 January 1962) is a retired football player, and current analyst... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    David O'Leary
    78
    26

    BirthplaceStoke Newington, London, England

    NationalityIreland, England

    David Anthony O'Leary (born 2 May 1958) is an Irish football manager and former player. His... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    John O'Shea
    99
    44

    John O'Shea

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceWaterford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    John Francis O'Shea (born 30 April 1981) is an Irish former professional footballer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Staunton
    67
    18

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Stephen Staunton (born 19 January 1969) is an Irish association football manager and former... more on Wikipedia
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    John Aldridge
    73
    26

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    John William "Aldo" Aldridge (born 18 September 1958 in Liverpool, England) is a former... more on Wikipedia

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    Frank Stapleton
    73
    28

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Francis Anthony "Frank" Stapleton (born 10 July 1956 in Dublin) is an Irish former football... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Richard Dunne
    76
    33

    BirthplaceTallaght, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Richard Patrick Dunne (born 21 September 1979) is an Irish former footballer and current... more on Wikipedia