The Most Famous Irishman: A Ranking of Respected Figures

Choose the Irishman you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 3, 2024 08:13
Welcome to StrawPoll's search for the most famous Irishman! As the land of saints and scholars, the Emerald Isle has gifted the world with countless iconic figures over the years. From spirited musicians to legendary writers, political heroes to sports legends, it's time to cast your vote and celebrate Ireland's best! Dive into our dynamic ranking and choose your favorite Irish personality, or even suggest a deserving name we may have missed. Let's revel in the rich Irish heritage and find out who the world crowns as the most famous Irishman! Sláinte!

Who Is the Most Famous Irishman?

  1. 1
    Lead singer of the band U2, known for his activism and philanthropy.
  2. 2
    Professional mixed martial artist and former two-division UFC champion.
    Conor McGregor in other rankings
  3. 3
    Liam Neeson
    Georges Biard · CC BY-SA 3.0

    Liam Neeson

    Liam Neeson
    Actor known for his roles in films such as Schindler's List and Taken.
    The 'Liam Neeson' voice is a popular voice in the field of voice acting. It is known for its deep, commanding, and distinctive tone, which exudes a sense of authority and power. The voice is often associated with characters who are strong, determined, and sometimes even intimidating.
    • Tone: Deep and commanding
    • Distinctiveness: Recognizable and unique
    • Authority: Conveys a sense of power
    • Strength: Portrays characters who are strong-willed
    • Determination: Reflects characters who are resolute
    Liam Neeson in other rankings
  4. 4
    Michael Fassbender
    Georges Biard · CC BY-SA 3.0
    Actor known for his roles in films such as X-Men
    Michael Fassbender in other rankings
  5. 5
    Pierce Brosnan
    Sebaso · CC BY-SA 3.0
    Actor known for his role as James Bond and for his work in films such as Mamma Mia!
    Pierce Brosnan in other rankings
  6. 6
    Samuel Beckett
    Roger Pic · Public domain
    Playwright and novelist known for works such as Waiting for Godot and Molloy.
    Samuel Beckett in other rankings
  7. 7
    Author known for his novel Ulysses and his contributions to modernist literature.
    James Joyce in other rankings
  8. 8
    Oscar Wilde
    W. & D. Downey · Public domain
    Playwright, novelist, and poet known for works such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.
    Oscar Wilde in other rankings
  9. 9
    William Butler Yeats
    George Charles Beresford · Public domain
    Poet known for his contributions to Irish literature and his Nobel Prize in Literature.
    William Butler Yeats in other rankings
  10. 10
    Daniel O'Connell
    Bernard Mulrenin · Public domain
    Political leader and lawyer who campaigned for Catholic emancipation and Irish independence.
    Daniel O'Connell in other rankings

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Ranking factors for famous Irishman

  1. Contribution to Irish culture
    This can include contributions in areas such as literature, music, art, and film.
  2. Historical significance
    Some Irishmen have had a significant impact on Irish history, for example, leaders in the Irish independence movement.
  3. International impact
    Consider Irishmen who have had significant impact on the world stage, such as politicians, scientists, and sportspeople.
  4. Popularity and recognizability
    Consider how well-known the Irishman is both within Ireland and internationally.
  5. Legacy and influence
    Consider how the individual has contributed to shaping and influencing Irish culture, history, and society both in the past and present.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Irishman. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Irishman is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 175 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Irishman once every 24 hours. The rank of each Irishman is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous irishman

Ireland is a country with a rich cultural heritage and a long history of producing influential figures in the fields of literature, music, politics, and sports. When it comes to identifying the most famous Irishman, there are plenty of contenders. One of the most well-known Irishmen of all time is undoubtedly the writer and poet, Oscar Wilde. His works, including "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Earnest," remain popular to this day and have been adapted into numerous plays, films, and TV shows. Another famous Irishman is Bono, the lead singer of the rock band U2. Known for his distinctive voice and socially conscious lyrics, Bono has become a global icon for his humanitarian work and activism. But there are many other notable Irishmen who have made significant contributions to their fields, such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Liam Neeson, and Conor McGregor, to name just a few. Ultimately, the question of who is the most famous Irishman is a matter of personal opinion, and there are plenty of worthy candidates to choose from.

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