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County Cork - Famous People

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  • Daniel Maclise (1806 - 1870)
    Daniel Maclise= From Wikipedia Daniel Maclise (25 January 1806 – 25 April 1870) was an Irish history, literary and portrait painter, and illustrator, who worked for most of his life in London, England....
  • Mary Margaret Hickey (1918 - d.)
    Mary O'Malley (director)=Mary O'Malley ( née Hickey 1918 Mallow, County Cork - 22 April 2006) was an Irish theatre director, the founder of Belfast's Lyric Players Theatre.Life[edit]At the age of thirt...
  • Thomas Rice Kent (1865 - 1916)
    Thomas Kent=Thomas Kent was an Irish nationalist court-martialled and executed following a gunfight with the Royal Irish Constabulary on 2 May 1916, in the immediate aftermath of the Easter Rising.Born...
  • Thomas Mac Curtain (1884 - 1920)
    Thomas Mac Curtain= Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork, Ireland. ==Easter Rising and military career==In April 1916 at the outset of the Easter Rising Mac Curtain commanded a force of up to 1,000 men of the ...
  • Sir John Arnott, 1st Baronet (1814 - 1898)
    Sir John Arnott==Born in Auchtermuchty, Fife, he was the son of John Arnott and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander Paton.[Arnott arrived in Cork in 1837 to work at Grants of Patrick Street; he l...

County Cork - Famous People

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// Right Ellen ‘Nellie’ Cashman (1845 – Jan. 4, 1925)

Notable Corkonians

This project is a collection of profiles of people or notoriety born in County Cork Ireland.

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Historical and/or political

  • Anthony Barry - Politician, photographer
  • Batt O'Keeffe - government minister
  • Brendan Ryan - Senator and lecturer at CIT
  • Cornelius Lucey - Bishop of Cork and Ross
  • Daniel Florence O'Leary - South American brigadier general
  • Daniel Mannix - Archbishop of Melbourne
  • D. D. Sheehan - Nationalist politician and first Labour MP.
  • Eileen Desmond - government minister, Senator, MEP
  • Ellen Hutchins - Botanist
  • Gerald Goldberg - first Jewish lord mayor
  • Hugh Coveney - government minister
  • Jack Lynch - taoiseach and hurler
  • Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa - nationalist
  • Jim Lane - republican socialist
  • John Anderson - Businessman
  • Sir John Arnott - Businessman Newspaper Owner
  • John Roach - major shipbuilder in postbellum United States
  • Joseph Brennan - civil servant
  • Kathy Sinnott - MEP
  • Mary Harris "Mother" Jones - famous labour organiser born near Cork
  • Michael O' Riordan - socialist politician
  • Micheál Martin - government minister and lord mayor
  • Michael Murphy - First Irish president of the European Court of Auditors
  • Patrick Cleburne - Major General in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Peter Barry - Tánaiste
  • Robert Spence - Archbishop of Adelaide
  • Sir Robert Torrens - Prime Minister South Australia pioneer of Land Registration system
  • Simon Coveney - Teachta Dála and MEP
  • Stephen Moylan - Quartermaster General of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • T.C. Hammond - Church of Ireland clergyman
  • Terence MacSwiney - lord mayor and hunger striker
  • Thomas Croke - Archbishop of Cashel
  • Thomas Mac Curtain - Lord Mayor of Cork
  • Tom Barry - guerrilla leader during war of independence, author of the book "Guerilla days in Ireland"
  • William Baylor Hartland - Plant Breeder/Seedsman
  • William O'Brien - Nationalist politician and MP., founder All-for-Ireland League
  • William Thompson - political and philosophical writer
  • John Cyril Porte - pioneer aviator


  • James Adams, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Michael Collins, revolutionary leader, and Chairman of Provisional Government
  • John Dunlay, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • William English, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Richard Fitzgerald, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Thomas Kent , Irish nationalist
  • Thomas Lane, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • David Lord, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Samuel Lawrence, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Ambrose Madden, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mick Mannock, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Murray, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Timothy O'Hea, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Michael O'Leary, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Gerald O'Sullivan, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Sullivan, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Travers, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Joseph Ward, recipient of the Victoria Cross

Film and entertainment

  • Bill O'Herlihy - TV personality
  • Cillian Murphy - actor
  • Danny La Rue, OBE - female impersonator
  • Eddie Hobbs - TV personality
  • Edward Mulhare - TV actor
  • Fergal Keane, OBE - BBC journalist
  • Fiona Shaw, CBE - actor
  • George Hook - TV/Radio personality
  • Graham Norton - TV personality
  • Jack Gleeson - actor
  • Joe Lynch (actor)
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - actor
  • Niall Tóibín - comic actor
  • Pixie McKenna - TV personality/Doctor
  • Sarah Greene (actress)
  • Tony Scannell - actor
  • Eileen Walsh - actor
  • Mark Mahon - Film Director


  • Frank O'Connor - author
  • Joseph O'Neill - writer
  • P.A. Ó Síocháin - journalist, author, lawyer and Irish language activist
  • Canon Patrick Augustine Sheehan - Catholic priest, author, political activist
  • Seán Ó Faoláin - writer
  • William Trevor - writer
  • William Wall - author

Music and arts

  • Abraham Abell - antiquarian
  • Aloys Fleischmann- composer, professor of music UCC
  • Anthony Ruby - painter
  • Brian Smyth - painter
  • Cathal Coughlan - singer songwriter
  • Charles Lynch - classical pianist
  • Daniel Maclise - artist
  • Finbar Wright - singer songwriter
  • Fred - band
  • Henry Jones Thaddeus - painter
  • Sir Hugh Lane - patron of arts
  • James Barry - neoclassical painter
  • Jimmy McCarthy - singer songwriter
  • John Hogan - sculptor
  • Daniel Maclise Portrait Painter
  • John Spillane - singer songwriter
  • Kim Carroll - composer and guitarist
  • Mick Flannery - singer/songwriter
  • Robert Day - antiquarian, photographer 1836-1914
  • Rory Gallagher - singer/songwriter and guitarist
  • Sean O'Hagan - musician


  • John B McDonald reputed to be from Fermoy Co Cork railway contractor constructed Baltimore Underground Railway and New York Subway. Subway closed for 2 minutes for him in 1911 when he died as a mark of respect.
  • James Joyce Grandfather James A. Joyce was from Fermoy Co Cork
  • Thomas Newenham Deane Architect born in 1828 in Cork.
  • James Edward McConnell born Fermoy Co. Cork 1815. was one of the first engineers of London & North western Railway.
  • Bob Crowley born in Cork, Theatre and costume designer
  • Elizabeth Cole Bowen born Dublin 7 May 1899 Writer lived at Bowen's Court Farahy Co. Cork
  • Patrick Maher & Edmond Foley were executed 7 May 1921
  • Anita Sharp Bolster Film Actress from Greenane Castlemagner
  • Ellen ‘Nellie’ Cashman (1845 – Jan. 4, 1925), b. Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland, famous in the U.S. and Canada for befriending convicts, opening restaurants and hotels, and prospecting for gold in the Yukon and other mines. She organised the rescue of snow-trapped miners in the Cassiar Mountains and became known as the ‘Angel of the Cassiar.’ She died Jan. 1925 in the Srs. of St. Anne Hospital she’d help build 51 years before. In 2006 she was inducted into the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame.
  • John Joseph Curtin died on 5 July 1945. He was 14th Prime Minister of Australia and had Kilpadder Dromahane ancestry.
  • George M Cohan Broadway entertainer born in 1878. His ancestors were from Youghal Co Cork.
  • Edward Vaughan Kenealy Barrister and writer born 1819 in Cork.
  • John Mahoney born 20 June 1940 England american actor. Played Marty Martin Crane in series Frasier. His ancestry was from Cork
  • William David "Billy" Conn died 29 May 1993. He was an American professional boxer nickname "The Pittsburgh Kid"
  • Thomas William Croke D.D. Born 28 May 1824 in Kilbrin Co.Cork was 2nd Catholic Bishop of Auckland New Zealand & later Archbishop of Cashel and Emly in Ireland. Croke Park in Dublin is named in his honour.
  • George Coppinger Ashlin born Co Cork on 28 May 1837 was an Irish Architect on churches and Cathedrals
  • Hanna (Johanna) Sheehy Skeffington born 24th May 1877 in Kanturk Co Cork.

Founded the Irish women's Franchise League & Irish Women's Workers' Union

  • Rev. Thomas Mathias Lenihan born 21 May 1843 in Grenagh Co. Cork. He served as Bishop in the Diocese of Cheyenne state of wyoming in the U.S.A.
  • Una Troy Walsh born on 21 May 1910 in Fermoy Co. Cork. She was a novelist and playwright

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