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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
Died at 46 (1854-1900)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

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Samuel Beckett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 83 (1906-1989)
Samuel Barclay Beckett was an Irish avant-garde novelist, playwright, theatre director, and poet, who lived in Paris for most of his adult life and wrote in both English and French. His work ...more

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James Joyce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 59 (1882-1941)
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce was an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century. Joyce is best known ...more

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Seamus Heaney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 74 (1939-2013)
Seamus Justin Heaney, MRIA was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the early 1960s, he became a lecturer in Belfast ...more

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 94 (1856-1950)
George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

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John Connolly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 50
John Connolly is an Irish writer who is best known for his series of novels starring private detective Charlie Parker.

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Bram Stoker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 65 (1847-1912)
Abraham "Bram" Stoker was an Irish author known today for his 1897 Gothic novel, Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and ...more

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Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 79 (1878-1957)
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books ...more

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Roddy Doyle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 60
Roddy Doyle is an Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter. He is the author of ten novels for adults, seven books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories. ...more

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Maeve Binchy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 72 (1940-2012)
Maeve Binchy Snell, known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker best known for her sympathetic and often humorous portrayal of small-town ...more

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Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 79 (1930-2009)
Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.

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Martin McDonagh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 48
Martin McDonagh is a playwright, screenwriter and film director, born in London with both British and Irish citizenship. He has been described as one of the most important living Irish

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Brendan Behan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died 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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Eoin Colfer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 53
Eoin Colfer is an Irish author of children's books. He worked as a primary school teacher before he became a full-time writer. He is best known for being the author of the Artemis Fowl series. ...more

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Cecelia Ahern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 37
Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist since 2004. She has published several novels and contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. Ahern also created and produced the ABC comedy ...more

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Marian Keyes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 55
Marian Keyes is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold ...more

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Declan Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 55
Declan Hughes is an Irish novelist, playwright and screenwriter. He has been Writer-in-Association with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. He has written a series of crime novels featuring the ...more

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Neil Jordan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 68
Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish film director, screenwriter and novelist. He won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International ...more

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Jonathan Swift is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 78 (1667-1745)
Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, poet and cleric who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. He is remembered for works such as Gulliver's ...more

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John Banville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 73
William John Banville, who writes as John Banville and sometimes as Benjamin Black, is an Irish novelist, adapter of dramas, and screenwriter. Recognised for his precise, cold, forensic prose ...more

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 81 (1906-1987)
John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: ...more

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Colm Tóibín is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 63
Colm Tóibín is an Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic and poet. Tóibín is currently Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor ...more

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Emma Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 49
Emma Donoghue is an Irish-born playwright, literary historian and novelist now living in Canada. Her 2010 novel Room was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and an international best-seller. ...more

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George Moore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
Died at 81 (1852-1933)
George Augustus Moore was an Irish novelist, short-story writer, poet, art critic, memoirist and dramatist. Moore came from a Roman Catholic landed family who lived at Moore Hall in Carra, ...more

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Sebastian Barry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Ireland
age 63
Sebastian Barry is an Irish playwright, novelist and poet. He is noted for his dense literary writing style and is considered one of Ireland's finest writers. Barry's literary career began in ...more