Famous Irish People
Irish artists, musicians, writers and stars of the screen have influenced admirers the world over. Browse our collection of famous Irish people, including Bono, Oscar Wilde, Maureen O' Hara and more!
Featured Irish People
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profile name: Oscar Wilde profile occupation: Writer
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profile name: James Joyce profile occupation: Author
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profile name: Maureen O'Hara profile occupation: Film Actress, Pin-up, Singer
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profile name: Jonathan Swift profile occupation: Writer
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profile name: Bono profile occupation: Singer
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profile name: Sinead O'Connor profile occupation: Activist, Songwriter, Singer
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