Famous irish people + movies

Famous Irish People

Discover more about the people who put Ireland on the map

Arthur Guinness

(1725-1803)

Arthur Guinness was an Irish brewer and the founder of the Guinness brewery business and family. He was also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. At 27, in 1752, Guinness’s godfather Arthur Price, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Cashel, bequeathed him £100 in his will.

Arthur Guinness was born in Celbridge in 1725. His father was Richard Guinness, a land steward on the estate of the Most Rev. Arthur Price, Archbishop of Cashel. One of Richard Guinness’s duties was to supervise the brewing of beer for the estate’s workers. Arthur had an early introduction to the business of brewing by helping his father.

He joined U2 while still in high school. Their sixth album The Joshua Tree, made them international stars. Bono has used his celebrity to call attention to global problems, including world poverty, and AIDS. Bono was named a “Person of the Year” by TIME magazine in 2005, and Queen Elizabeth II made him an honorary knight in 2007.

Bono

 (​1960 – Current)

Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist.  He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2.​

Liam Neeson

(1952-Current)

Liam John Neeson OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Through the 1980s Neeson appeared in a handful of films and British TV series – including The Bounty (1984), A Woman of Substance (1984), The Mission (1986), and Duet for One (1986) – but it was not until he moved to Hollywood to pursue larger roles that he began to get noticed

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1988, Conor McGregor rose from a tough neighborhood to become the biggest star in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). After joining the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2013, “The Notorious” unified the featherweight division with his title win in 2015, and the following year he became a two-division champion by winning the lightweight title. McGregor also famously fought boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2017. 

Conor Mcgregor

 (1988 – Current)

Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion. As of 1 July 2019, he is ranked #3 in the official UFC lightweight rankings and #9 in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings of U2.

Famous Irish Movies

Find out about our great movie classics

The Field

The Field is a 1990 Irish drama film written and directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Brenda Fricker and Tom Berenger. It was adapted from John B. Keane’s 1965 play of the same name. The film is set in the early 1930s in a very underdeveloped region of rural Ireland.

The Field was shot almost entirely in the Connemara village of Leenane, overshadowed by the wet and misty mountains of Connemara and Mayo. The pub scenes in the film were shot in Gaynor’s, one of three bars which serve this tiny one-street village

The film was shot in various towns within County Cork during 2005, including Ballyvourney and Timoleague. Some filming took place in Bandon, County Cork: a scene was shot along North Main Street and outside a building next to the Court House.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) and the Irish Civil War (1922–1923). This drama tells the fictional story of two County Cork brothers, who join the Irish Republican Army to fight for Irish independence from the United Kingdom. 

In the Name of the Father

Unemployed young Irishman Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) gets by as a petty thief in 1970s Belfast. When local IRA leaders get fed up with him, he flees to England and meets up with his friend Paul Hill (John Lynch). On the same night that the IRA bombs a nearby pub, the friends get kicked out of their communal digs and are forced to sleep in a park.

To prepare for the role of Gerry Conlon, Day-Lewis lost over 50 pounds in weight. To gain an insight into Conlon’s thoughts and feelings at the time, Day-Lewis also spent three days and nights in a jail cell. 

Although based on historical events, the film does contain some alterations and fictionalisations, such as the dramatised circumstances of Harry Boland’s death and Ned Broy’s fate, and significant altercations to the formative years of Dáil Éireann and the prelude to the events of the first “Bloody Sunday” at Croke Park.

Michael Collins (Film)

Michael Collins is a 1996 historical biopic written and directed by Neil Jordan and starring Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Despite containing several brutal scenes of violence, the film was given a very lenient ‘PG’ rating in Ireland mainly because of its historical context.

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