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List of famous writers from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ireland is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Irish writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Ireland and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

This list has a variety of writers, like George William Russell and David Keating, in it.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Irish writers?" and "Which writers are from Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Ireland, but they're all of Ireland descent.

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Oscar Wilde Died at 46 (1854-1900)

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Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Samuel Beckett Died at 83 (1906-1989)

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
James Joyce Died at 59 (1882-1941)

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Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Seamus Heaney Died at 74 (1939-2013)

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
George Bernard Shaw Died at 94 (1856-1950)

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John Connolly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
John Connolly age 50

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Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Bram Stoker Died at 65 (1847-1912)

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Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Roddy Doyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Roddy Doyle age 59

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Maeve Binchy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Maeve Binchy Died at 72 (1940-2012)

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Frank McCourt Died at 79 (1930-2009)

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Martin McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Brendan Behan Died at 41 (1923-1964)

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Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Eoin Colfer age 53

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Cecelia Ahern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Cecelia Ahern age 36

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Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Marian Keyes age 54

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Declan Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Declan Hughes age 55

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Neil Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Neil Jordan age 67

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Jonathan Swift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Jonathan Swift Died at 78 (1667-1745)

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Mel Gibson age 61

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John Banville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
John Banville age 72

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
John Huston Died at 81 (1906-1987)

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Colm Tóibín age 62

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Emma Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Emma Donoghue age 48

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George Moore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
George Moore Died at 81 (1852-1933)

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Sebastian Barry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Anne Enright is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Anne Enright age 55

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Edna O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Edna O'Brien age 87

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Brian O'Nolan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Brian O'Nolan Died at 55 (1911-1966)

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Adrian McKinty is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Sheridan Le Fanu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Sheridan Le Fanu Died at 59 (1814-1873)

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Patrick Kavanagh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Patrick Kavanagh Died at 63 (1904-1967)

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Ethel Lilian Voynich is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Ethel Lilian Voynich Died at 96 (1864-1960)

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Joseph O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Gabriel Byrne age 67

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Peter O'Toole Died at 81 (1932-2013)

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Denis Leary age 60

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Michael Nugent is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Cyril Cusack Died at 83 (1910-1993)

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Bono age 57

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Richard Harris Died at 72 (1930-2002)

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Spike Milligan Died at 84 (1918-2002)

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Graham Linehan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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John Boorman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
John Boorman age 84

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Jim Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Jim Sheridan age 68

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Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Dylan Moran age 46

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Lafcadio Hearn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Lafcadio Hearn Died at 54 (1850-1904)

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Malachy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland

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Herbert Brenon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Herbert Brenon Died at 78 (1880-1958)

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Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Graham Norton age 54