Irish Writers

Let's not get pedantic about the 'Irish' bit in this list. By no means comprehensive, this is a list of every author with Irish claims, be it they were born here, lived here, worked here (such as John Betjeman) or adopted Ireland as their home. It is by nature an evolving list and this is just my list for starters. Contemporary authors with their own web pages, where available have their links included.

    

Joseph Addison 1672-1719
AE George Russell 1867-1935 b.Lurgan
Cecelia Ahern
C.S 'Todd' Andrews 1902-85
Ivy Bannister 1951 b.New York and living in Dublin for many years
John Banville 1945 b.Wexford
Mary Barber c.1685-1755 b.Dublin
Leland Bardwell 1928 b.India of Irish parents, grew up Co.Kildare
Jonah Barrington 1760-1834 b.Co.Laois
Sebastian Barry 1955 b.Dublin
Henrietta Battier c.1751-1813 b. Co.Meath
Samuel Beckett 1906-89 b.Dublin
Brendan Behan 1923-64 b.Dublin
Brian Behan 1926-2002 b.Dublin
Dominic Behan 1928-89 b.Dublin
Asher Benson 1921-2006 b.London, came to Dublin, prominent member of Dublin Jewish Community
Sara Berkeley 1967 b.Dublin  
John Betjeman 1906-84 -spent several years in Dublin as Press Attaché in British Embassy, learnt Irish
Isaac Bickerstaffe c.1735-1812
Maeve Binchey 1940-2012 b Dublin
Eavan Boland 1944 b.Dublin
Dermot Bolger 1959 b.Dublin
Dion Boucicault c.1820-90 b.Dublin
Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973 b.Dublin
Clare Boylan 1948-2006 b.Dublin
John Boyne 1971 b.Dublin
Maeve Brennan 1917-1993 b.Dublin
Robert Emmet Briscoe 1894-1969 b.Dublin
Henry Brooke 1703-83 b.Dublin
Christy Browne 1932-81 b.Dublin
Edmund Burke 1730-97 b.Dublin
William Carleton 1794-1869 b.Co.Tyrone
Marina Carr 1964 b.Co.Offaly
Claudia Carroll
Paul Carson 1949
Elizabeth Casey (E. Owens Blackburne) c.1845-94 b.Dublin
Seamus Cashman 1943 b.Co.Cork
Austin Clarke 1896-1974 b.Dublin
Brian Coffey 1905-95 b.Dublin
Padriac Colum 1881-1972 b.Dublin
William Congreve 1670-1729
Marita Conlon-McKenna 1956 b.Dublin
John Connolly 1968 b.Dublin
June Considine 1945 b.Dublin
Tim Pat Coogan 1935 b.Dublin
Anthony Cronin 1928 b.Co.Wexford
Paddy Crosbie d.1982 b.Dublin
Elaine Crowley 1927-2006
Conor Cruise O'Brien 1917-2008 b.Dublin
Kate Cruise O'Brien 1948-98 b.Dublin
Bill Cullen 1942
Kevin Cully
Thomas Davis 1814-45 b.Co.Cork
Gerald Dawe 1952 b.Belfast
John F.Deane 1943 b.Co.Mayo
Mary Pendarves Delaney 1700-88
Martina Devlin
Eilís Dillon 1920-94 b. Co.Galway
Patrick Dineen 1860-1934 b.Co.Kerry
JP Donleavy 1926 b.New York of Irish parents, moved to Dublin as adult
Emma Donoghue 1969b.Dublin
Katie Donovan 1962 b. Co.Wexford
Theo Dorgan 1953 b.Co.Cork
Roddy Doyle 1958 b.Dublin
Lee Dunne 1934 b.Dublin
Paul Durcan 1944 b.Dublin
Anne Enright 1962
Joseph Sheridan le Fanu 1814-73
Peter Fallon 1951
Bernard Farrell 1939
Sir Samuel Ferguson 1810-86
George Fitzmaurice 1877-1963
Gerard Mannix Flynn 1957
Carlo Gébler 1954
Ernest Gébler 1915-98
Monk Gibbon 1896-1987
Sir John Gilbert 1829-98
Oliver St John Gogarty 1878-1957
Oliver Goldsmith 1728-74
Lady Gregory 1852-1932
Nick Harris d.2008 b.Dublin
Michael Hartnett 1941-99
Anne Haverty 1959
Seamus Heaney 1939
Felicia Hemans 1793-1835
F R Higgins 1896-1941
Gerard Manley Hopkins 1844-89
Paul Howard 1971
Pearse Hutchinson 1927 b.Scotland of Irish parents, grew up Dublin
Douglas Hyde 1860-1949
Maeve Ingoldsby 1847
Pat Ingoldsby 1942
John Kells Ingram 1823-1907
Thomas Caulfield Irwin 1823-92
Denis Johnston 1901-84
Jennifer Johnston 1930
Neil Jordan 1950
James Joyce 18812-1941
Michael Judge 1921
Patrick Kavanagh 1904-67
Peadar Kearney 1888-1942
Cathy Kelly
Thomas Kettle 1880-1916
Marian Keyes 1963
Declan Kiberd 1951
Charles J Kickam 1828-82
Benedict Kiely 1919-2007
Thomas Kinsella 1928
Claire Kilroy 1973
Thomas Kilroy 1934
Maura Laverty 1907-66
Mary Lavin 1912-96
James Lawless
Hugh Leonard 1926-2009
Charles Lever 1806-72
Morgan Llywelyn 1937
Samuel Lover 1797-1868
Patricia Lynch 1894-1972
Ferdia MacAnna 1955
Máire Mhac an tSaoi 1922
Colum McCann 1965
Denis Florence Mac Carthy 1817-82
Donagh MacDonagh 1912-68
Thomas MacDonagh 1878-1916
Micgeál MacLiammóír 1899-1978
Conor McPherson 1971
Éamonn Mac Thomáis 1927-2002 b.Dublin
Aodhán Madden 1954
James Clarence Mangan 1803-49
Sir John Pentland Mahaffy 1839-1919
Edward Martyn 1859-1924
Aidan Carl Mathews 1956
Charles Robert Maturin 1780-1824
Paula Meehan 1955
Paul Mercier
George Moore 1858-1933
Thomas Moore 1779-1852
Lady Morgan 1776-1859
Val Mulkerns 1952
Iris Murdoch1919-1999
Paul Murray 1975
Tom Murphy 1935
T C Murray 1873-1959
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 1942 b.Co.Cork
Éilis Ní Dhuibhne 1954
Anita Notaro
Edna O'Brien 1930
Brendan O'Carroll 1955
Sean O'Casey 1880-1964
Frank O'Connor 1903-66
Joseph O'Connor 1963
Ulick O'Connor 1928
Denis O'Driscoll
Nuala O'Faolain 1940-2008
Sean O'Faoláin 1909-91
Liam O'Flaherty 1896-1984
Sheila Flanagan
John O'Leary 1830-1907
Brian O'Nolan/ Flann O'Brien/ Myles na gCopaleen 1911-66
Patricia O'Reilly
Mark O'Rowe 1970
Siobhán Parkinson 1954
Patrick Pearse 1879-1916
Peter Pearson 1955
James Plunkett 1920-2003
Joseph Plunkett 1887-1916
Deirdre Purcell 1945
Lennox Robinson 1886-1958
Patricia Scanlon 1956
Michael Scott 1959
George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950
Richard Brinsley Sheridan 1751-1816
John D Sheridan 1903-80
Jim Sheridan 1949
Peter Sheridan 1952
Paul Smith 1920-97
Annie M P Smithson 1873-1948
Gerry Smyth 1951
Thomas Southerne 1659-1746
Richrd Steele 1671-1729
James Stephens 1880-1950
Bram Stoker 1847-1912
Eithne Strong 1923-99
Francis Stuart 1902-2000
Jonathan Swift 1667-1745
J M Synge 1871-1909
Thomas Tickell 1686-1749
Anthony Trollope 1815-82
Katharine Tynan 1861-1931
Enda Walsh 1967
Isaac Weld 1774-1856
Lady Jane Wilde 1821-96
Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
Macdara Woods 1942 b. Dublin
William Butler Yeats 1865-1939
Zozimus 1794-1846


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