Historical figures

This is the category for famous people in Irish History

Bullet holes in the arms of ‘The Liberator’

The Daniel O’Connell Statue, O’ Connell Street, Dublin City This statue was commissioned in 1880 to commemorate Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) after whom the street was also renamed after Irish independence. O'Connell was born in Kerry [...]

Niall of the Nine Hostages (c.370 – 450 a.d) Ireland’s great King with millions of decendants

The O'Neill Dynasty was according to legend founded by Niall of the Nine Hostages who ruled from Tara in the late 4th or early 5th century. Myth has it that he was descended from 'Conn [...]

St Patrick (c.387 – c.460 a.d) Shamrocks & Snakes

Saint Patrick, the son of a Welsh Roman and a former slave was born in c.387 a.d and died 460 a.d. He is the primary patron saint of Ireland and is credited with bringing [...]

St Bridget (451 – 525 a.d) Ireland’s first spice girl

Saint Brigit of Kildare is one of Ireland's patron saints along with Patrick and Columba. Her name is also variously spelled as Brigid, Bridget, Bridgit, Bríd, and Bride and is sometimes also known as Mary [...]

St Ciaran (516 – 544 a.d) lived fast died young

Saint Ciarán of Clonmacnoise was supposedly the son of a carpenter and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. His name has produced many variant spellings, including Ceran, Kieran and Queran. He was born [...]

James Gandon (1742 -1823) One of the leading architects to have worked in Ireland

James Gandon is today recognised as one of the leading architects to have worked in Ireland. He was born in Bond Street, London - 29th February 1742, at the house of his grandfather, a [...]

John de Courcy (1160 – 1219 a.d) The renegade knight who ruled the north for 30 years

John de Courcy was a Norman who served Henry II in England and France before coming to Ireland in 1176. He was a minor member of a Somerset family with important connections in the north [...]

Brian Boru (941 – 1014 a.d) Ireland’s greatest High King

Brian Ború was born near Killaloe in 941 and is regarded as Ireland's greatest High King . He was a member of the O'Brien dynasty and an ancestor of the Kings of Thomond. He was [...]

Strongbow (1130 – 1176 a.d) The first Norman King of Leinster

Richard de Clare (Strongbow) was a Welsh lord and the Earl of Pembroke. In 1169, Dermont MacMurrough, the king of Leinster was defeated by Roderic, the king of Connacht. Dermont went to Wales and asked [...]

St Columba (521 – 597 a.d) carrying the faith beyond Ireland

Saint Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary. He founded the important abbey on Iona, which became a dominant religious and political institution in the region for centuries. He was highly regarded by both the [...]

Diarmait MacMurrough (1110 -1171 a.d) The last Irish King of Leinster

Diarmait MacMurrough was born in violent times and was unexpectedly made King of Leinster after his father and brother were killed in battles. During this period rival kings from all over the country were constantly [...]

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