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Famous people from Ireland

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Ireland is an extremely small country; the entire isle only accounts for 32,595 square feet of land! Despite being such a tiny country, Ireland has produced a jaw-dropping amount of writers, artists and musicians. In fact, the country has become respected all over the world for the amount of raw talent that it produces in the field of the arts.

Irish born people have made their mark on literary fiction, poetry, music and—more recently— film. For centuries Irish writers have captivated audiences with their stories and the Irish people in general have become known for being friendly and talkative. Although this sounds like a stereotype, it is one that is laced with truth and anyone who has ever been to Ireland can attest that!

Although the Irish have been telling stories and singing songs and playing instruments for hundreds of years, in the past two centuries there have been some talented Irishmen and Irishwomen who have actually managed to gain worldwide recognition for their abilities. Below is a list of five famous people who were born in Ireland.

Bono
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Bono

The lead singer of the renowned and multi-award winning band U2, Bono was born in Dublin on May 10, 1960. Bono gained fame for his wonderful singing voice. His real name is Paul David Hewson.

Sinead O'Connor
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Sinead O'Connor

Sinead O’Connor was born in Dublin on December 8, 1966. Sinead shot to fame on account of her beautiful singing voice and even earned several Grammy’s for her talent. Despite these achievements, she is an extremely controversial figure due to her outspoken commentary about social issues.

Roddy Doyle
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Roddy Doyle

Roddy Doyle was born on May 8, 1958 in Dublin. Roddy became famous for a series of novels that he wrote that contained humor and a very realistic view of life in lower-income Dublin during the 1980s and 1990s. His novels “The Commitments,” “The Snapper,” and “The Van” were all made into now-iconic Irish comedy-drama films.

Oscar Wilde
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Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was born on October 16, 1854 in Dublin. Oscar Wilde has become a legendary character in Irish history who is best remembered for his witty quips and unconventional lifestyle. Oscar gained fame for his written works. His novel “The Picture of Dorian Grey” is still required reading in many schools today and it has been turned into films (photo is of a "Dorian Grey" actor's public appearance to fans).

Cillian Murphy
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Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy was born in County Cork on May 25, 1976. Cillian gained fame for his excellent acting abilities, including his wide range of very different and difficult roles. One of Cillian’s most famous parts was as the demented “Scarecrow” villain in the 2005 film “Batman Begins.”

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