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Famous Irish People Quiz

Name these famous Irish citizens.
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Last updated: March 17, 2017
First submittedMarch 17, 2011
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Clue
Irish Person
Lead singer of U2
Bono
Brought Christianity to Ireland
(and got rid of snakes)
Saint Patrick
Singer who shaved her head and
tore up a picture of the pope
Sinead O'Connor
He was Bond, James Bond
Pierce Brosnan
Author of "Angela's Ashes"
Frank McCourt
"Brown Eyed Girl" singer
Van Morrison
Leader of Sinn Féin
Gerry Adams
Author of "Ulysses"
James Joyce
Young golfer with the all-time
low score at the U.S. Open
Rory McIlroy
Author of "Dracula"
Bram Stoker
Member of One Direction
Niall Horan
Clue
Irish Person
Only actor to win three Oscars for
Best Actor. Star of "Lincoln"
Daniel Day-Lewis
World's best-selling Celtic singer
Enya
Star of "Taken" and "Schindler's List"
Liam Neeson
Poet and 1923 Nobel Prize winner
W.B. Yeats
"Pygmalion" playwright
George Bernard
Shaw
19th century leader known
as "The Liberator"
Daniel O'Connell
Star of "Alexander" and "In Bruges"
Colin Farrell
1968 European Footballer of the Year
George Best
Satirist with a "modest proposal" to
eat poor Irish children
Jonathan Swift
Victorian playwright sentenced
to hard labour for being gay
Oscar Wilde
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level 80
Mar 17, 2014
No questions about O'Bama?
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level 67
Mar 17, 2014
You, sir, have my like!
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level 69
Mar 17, 2014
Likewise "O'sama, O'lajuwon' and McEmouse"
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level 44
Mar 17, 2017
Obama isn't Irish he has Irish ancestry Not the same
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level 77
Mar 17, 2017
for someone named "lol lol" your sense of humor isn't very sharp
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level 73
Mar 17, 2017
lol
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level 71
Jan 21, 2018
Maybe lollol will like mine better… Q: What's Irish and sits on your lawn? A: Patty O'Furniture!
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level 50
Mar 17, 2014
NO Brian o' Driscoll
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level 51
Mar 17, 2014
I'm assuming Northern Ireland is included b/c George Best was from there...
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level 63
Mar 17, 2014
So was Liam Neeson.
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level 68
Apr 21, 2019
However much you might want to divide the Island politically, the quiz is about Ireland, not the "Republic of Ireland". "Northern Ireland " is still part of Ireland and the people from there are still Irish.
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level 75
Mar 17, 2014
Now let's not start fighting over this. If we Irish are known for one thing, it's how peaceable we are.
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level 54
Jun 16, 2014
Please change "world's best-selling Celtic singer" to "world's only selling Celtic singer." Just kidding. No offense to those who like Enya. I don't mind her myself.
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level 76
Apr 8, 2016
I tried Anya and Anye, but no Enya. :(
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level 49
Apr 6, 2017
What does celtic singer mean? Celtic isn't a language she sings in Gaelic.
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level 55
Jun 22, 2014
Why the hell would I know anything about One Direction??
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level 60
Aug 8, 2014
you don't have to but he's apparently a famous Irish person so...
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level 28
May 31, 2016
What do you mean 'apparently'? He IS famous, no question about it.
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level 77
Mar 17, 2017
At present, 73% of people would disagree with you.
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level 60
Mar 17, 2017
@TinkyFitchFeeley Sorry, English isn't my native language. I didn't realize it sounded derisive.
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level 45
Sep 27, 2018
YOU may not but you don't have to be rude just because of a stereotype; that's shallow, he's actually really amazing
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level 32
Sep 8, 2014
Would make more sense having from the island of Ireland rather then Irish citizen
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level 47
Mar 30, 2016
anyone born on the island of Ireland is entitled to Irish citizenship. Give a hoot, read a book.
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level 28
Dec 5, 2016
Also if one of your parents was born in Ireland you are also entitled to Irish citizenship.
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level 73
Mar 17, 2017
Likewise if your grandparents were born in Ireland, you can get Irish citizenship.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2019
Sounds like they wish everybody hadn't bailed out and moved away from Ireland.
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level 76
Jul 21, 2019
"Bailed out"? As in, sought safety and opportunities subsequent to and during invasion, occupation, violence, forced famine, land expropriation...? Whether people want to return or not, I respect and support them.
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level 24
Jan 31, 2015
what about the Iron Chef Bobby Flay??? He's Irish and famous.
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level 67
Nov 6, 2018
I think they mean people actually from Ireland. Bobby Flay might have Irish ancestry, but he's from the United States.
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level 67
Oct 15, 2016
Should be Irish and Northern Irish famous people.
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level 28
Dec 5, 2016
There is only one Ireland!
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level 62
Mar 18, 2017
Ireland is an island, currently divided in possession by two countries (and it's a mighty touchy subject). But everyone born on the island is Irish.
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level 69
Oct 15, 2016
I thought of Bernardo O'Higgins who liberated Chile from Spanish rule.
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level 44
Mar 17, 2017
Jacksepticeye?
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level 64
Mar 17, 2017
Could have sworn Brosnan was English. There you go...
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level 74
Nov 27, 2017
It happens a lot, he lived in England from about 12 years. You should watch Evelyn where he speaks in proper Irish :)
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level 44
Mar 17, 2017
Lot of grey areas in this quiz with the amount of Northern Irish who, whilst able to have an Irish passport, are British..
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level 50
Mar 17, 2017
But they are Irish if they choose to be. Do you think Gerry Adams considers himself British?
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level 66
Mar 17, 2017
Accept Niall?
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level ∞
Mar 17, 2017
Okay
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level 77
Mar 17, 2017
What about Uncle O'Grimacey?
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level 26
Mar 17, 2017
Where is jacksepticeye lol
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level 40
Mar 17, 2017
St. Pádraig was Welsh, and Liam Neeson was from Co. Antrim, I don't know that either of them really count given that the quiz specifies Irish citizens. And I know it's probably a little annoying, but could you accept traditional spellings? Those usually come to mind first for me, and I'm sure some others are the same way.
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level 78
Mar 17, 2017
Another Irish people quiz that doesn't mention Sir Terry Wogan - unbelievable!
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level 37
Mar 17, 2017
I expected a question about Domhnall Gleeson.
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level 73
Mar 18, 2017
Pedantic maybe, but Hewson for Bono?
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level 33
Mar 18, 2017
Accept Brosnin for Brosnan?
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level 42
Mar 19, 2017
no jse?
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level 22
Mar 21, 2017
100% first time! Oh yeah!!!
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level 57
May 6, 2017
No Father Ted. He's the most famous Irish person surely?! He almost put Craggy Island on the map.
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level 67
Aug 18, 2017
As a few others have pointed out, Several of the answers are people from NORTHERN Ireland. While, it is technically part of the Island of Ireland, and everyone from it is entitled to Irish nationality, it is part of Britain. Nationality is quite a touchy subject over here. You may have noticed we have been killing each other because of it for far far too many years. I'd suggest changing the title of the quiz slightly just to avoid getting into the politics of it all.
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level 67
Aug 18, 2017
Ohh and the Duke of Wellington was born in Dublin. I'm fairly certain he counts as famous, definitely more so than yer man from One blinking Direction.
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level 45
Sep 27, 2018
You're really rude, lmao Niall is actually really famous and an amazing person and artist
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level 58
Jun 5, 2018
I only got 4 and I'm Irish. Don't know if I'm proud of myself for that or not.
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level 65
Aug 10, 2018
Gerry Adams no longer leader of Sinn Féin. Now Mary Lou McDonald.
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level 74
Mar 17, 2019
One must be Irish to consider "1968 European Footballer of the Year" relevant to anything at all.
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level 41
Mar 28, 2019
Mary Lou McDonald is the leader of Sinn Fein now
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level 64
Apr 29, 2019
Only heard of two