Ireland Sure Knows How To Entertain

Ireland is home to a surprising number of talented entertainers. Check out the list of some of our favorite celebrities of Irish descent.

We focused mainly on celebs born in Ireland but we cheated in a few special cases. If you think we are missing one of your faves or we got some information wrong, please let us know on facebook or in our comments section below!

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Pierce Brosnan

Who wouldn’t be familiar with Pierce Brosnan? The British secret agent James Bond. Brosnan was born in Drogheda Ireland on May 16, 1953, and lived in Navan County Meath until his family decided to move to England UK for several reasons. Well, living in Ireland and the UK have given him the ability to play men coming from both backgrounds convincingly. Unfortunately though, at a very early age, his father left them, but have reunited later on in life. He’s most famous for his James Bond movies– that this is how he gathered a lot of fans, but aside from being an actor, he’s also known as a guy with a huge heart. He has been raising money for a number of charitable causes, and on the year 2007, he donated $100,00 to help in replacing the playground on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.


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  1. Nuid

    November 13, 2015 at 7:20 am

    “Eithne Ní Bhraonáin was born on May 17, 1961 in Gweedore, England.”

    Gweedore is a part of Co. Donegal, which is in the Republic of Ireland!!! (There are 9 counties in Ulster. Only 6 of them are under British rule.)

    • Jamie Dalgetty

      November 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

      Not sure how we made this mistake but it’s been fixed!

  2. Sumia

    November 17, 2015 at 6:50 am

    The writing is horrific in this article, how did this get past an editor? You’d also assume from this piece that Irish women are trailing way behind the men but as usual it’s just that women are never as recognised for their talents, shame!! Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw and Saoirse Ronan should have been included plus many others that a little research could identify!!

    • Jamie Dalgetty

      November 17, 2015 at 8:20 am

      Thanks for the suggestions. We’ll see about getting them added to the list!

      • Ed Murray

        December 6, 2015 at 1:48 am

        Shame on you for misogynising the women, the poor victimised crateurs. Anyway, some more names: Maureen O’Hara, Maureen O’Sullivan, Gabriel Byrne, Peter O’Toole and Colm Meeny.

        • MW Kelleher

          January 6, 2016 at 3:40 am

          Peter O’Toole was born, raised and educated in England. He’s of Irish ancestry but not from Ireland per se.

  3. John

    December 10, 2015 at 3:15 am

    Michael fassbender, Robert Sheehan too

  4. Rory

    December 12, 2015 at 2:58 am

    What about Daniel Day Lewis?

    • Gerry

      December 29, 2015 at 3:37 am

      He’s Welsh

  5. Zed

    December 16, 2015 at 3:12 am

    Saorise ronan gabriel byrne?kinda obvious ones.

  6. Zed

    December 16, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Saoirse ronan gabriel byrne?

  7. Pedant

    December 20, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Bono’a mother died when he was 14. His father died in 2001.

  8. Yvonne

    December 20, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender are pretty big ones to miss considering some of the names you included. Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney are also a couple that I’d include

  9. Paul

    December 28, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Bono is not from Ireland, He’s from Uranus everyone knows that!!!

  10. Gerry

    December 29, 2015 at 3:36 am

    This might just be the worst article I’ve ever read. It’s like somebody who just had their first English lesson attempting to write an article. And it’s click bait too

  11. Aaron

    December 31, 2015 at 4:59 am

    Gary supports Northern Ireland. Not republic. Also Bradley Quinn is not in snow patrol but in face a well renowned photographer.

  12. Oonagh

    January 4, 2016 at 3:05 am

    chris o dowd is from Boyle, Co. Roscommon not Sligo

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