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The Best Soccer Players from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 6.8k votes 1.1k voters 71.2k 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 Keane1
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    107

    Roy Keane

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceCork, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

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

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  • Paul McGrath2
    258
    71

    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
  • Robbie Keane3
    308
    96

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Robert David Keane (born 8 July 1980) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as...  more
  • Denis Irwin4
    164
    33

    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
  • Liam Brady5
    199
    56

    Liam Brady

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

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

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  • Johnny Giles6
    147
    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
  • Shay Given7
    173
    55

    Shay Given

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceLifford, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Séamus John James Given (born 20 April 1976) is an Irish former professional footballer who...  more
  • George Best8
    86
    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

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  • Jimmy Dunne9
    97
    27

    BirthplaceRingsend, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    For other people with the same name, see Jimmy Dunne (disambiguation).James Dunne (3 September...  more
  • Damien Duff10
    127
    50

    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
  • Johnny Carey11
    87
    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
  • Séamus Coleman12
    118
    47

    Séamus Coleman

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceKillybegs, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Séamus Coleman (born 11 October 1988) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as a...  more
  • Ronnie Whelan13
    102
    37

    Ronnie Whelan

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Ronald Andrew Whelan (; born 25 September 1961) is an Irish former soccer player who played as...  more
  • 14
    62
    7

    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
  • Kevin Moran15
    75
    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
  • Packie Bonner16
    82
    27

    Packie Bonner

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceBurtonport, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Patrick Joseph "Packie" "Pat" Bonner (born 24 May 1960) is an Irish retired football...  more
  • David O'Leary17
    78
    25

    BirthplaceStoke Newington, London, England

    NationalityIreland, England

    David Anthony O'Leary (born 2 May 1958) is an Irish football manager and former player. His...  more
  • Ray Houghton18
    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
  • Steve Staunton19
    65
    19

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Stephen Staunton (born 19 January 1969) is an Irish association football manager and former...  more
  • John Aldridge20
    72
    26

    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

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

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  • John O'Shea21
    95
    46

    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
  • Frank Stapleton22
    71
    28

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Francis Anthony "Frank" Stapleton (born 10 July 1956 in Dublin) is an Irish former football...  more
  • Kenny Cunningham23
    60
    21

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Kenneth Edward Cunningham (born 28 June 1971) is an Irish former footballer who played as a...  more
  • Richard Dunne24
    73
    33

    BirthplaceTallaght, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Richard Patrick Dunne (born 21 September 1979) is an Irish former footballer and current...  more
  • Steve Finnan25
    66
    28

    Steve Finnan

    Defender

    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Stephen John "Steve" Finnan (born 24 April 1976) is an Irish former international footballer...  more