Dublin is the home of many famous poets, playwrights, musicians, sportsmen, actors, and even the famous character of a logo. The capital city of Ireland is widely known for producing extraordinary talents for the past decades. Thus, if you are planning to visit Dublin, the list of 10 of the most popular artists of the city will surely get you up and running.

The Famous People from Dublin


The famous four-man band is famous worldwide and doesn’t even need any introduction. Bono and the boys have been contributing to the music industry ever since they came out in year 1976. Over the past few decades, they have dominated the charts and travelled the world for concerts (due to public demand). Their 360 degrees tour last 2009 was their highest grossing music tour which has beaten the record that was previously held by the Rolling Stones.

Colin Farrell

Although Colin Farrell is now widely known for being a Hollywood star, he has always been vocal that he is proud of his roots. He has starred in popular films including In Burges, Phone Booth, and Total Recall.

Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O’Connor became popular because of his 1900 hit song entitled “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Since then, she has been involved by various controversies. In 1992, she made a strong stand against the Catholic Church during her performance on Saturday Night Live; making a statement by tearing up the Pope’s picture. Her latest album is entitled “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss”.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde is a famous poet and playwright that have his birth roots in Dublin, being born in 1854. He wrote beautiful classics such as “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and “The Importance of Being Earnest”. He is also famous for his witty lines; among them is the “Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much”.

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett is a famous unconventional playwright and is born in Dublin in the year 1906. He has won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1969. He studied French, Italian, and English in one of the best schools in Dublin, The Trinity College. He then spent time in Paris and wrote plays that are both in French and English language. He is most famous for his play entitled “Waiting for Godot”. A theatre in Trinity College has been dedicated to him and is in fact named as “Samuel Beckett Centre”. The Samuel Beckett Bridge was also named after him; a bridge that connects to the Liffey at the docklands of Dublin.

Connor McGregor

Conor McGregor is a famous professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who made his debut in 2008. He was awarded the Best UFC Newcomer Award in 2003. The strong 26-year-old stud is ranked number 5 in the UFC Featherweight division in September 2014.

The Lion found in the MGM Logo

Although this may sound unbelievable, but the first lion featured in the MGM logo was Slats (born and bred in the Dublin Zoo in year 1919). The lion was brought to the United States of America and was trained by a famous Hollywood animal trainer named Volney Phifer. Since then, Volney begun working on a number of MGM films and decided that Slats was the perfect face to appear in their logo. Volney and Slats had remained close until Slats’ death in the year 1936. Because Voleny loved his lion so much, he buried him on his own farm under a pine tree.

Le Galaxie

Le Galaxie is a dance act in Dublin who became popular because of her energetic live shows. They are currently one of the hottest bands in Ireland, having their latest single “Carmen”.

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is a best-selling author and columnist from Dublin who have sold more than 40 million copies of her witty books (all of which were translated into 37 languages worldwide). She was known to be a keen observer of the daily life in Dublin. She passed away last 2012. She has contributed greatly worldwide as she entertained her readers through her novels. Among her famous novels was “Circle of Friends”, which was then made into a movie, with main characters Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell, in 1995.

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon was born in Dublin in 1909 and has been famed for his figurative paintings. He is considered to be one of the most notable artists of the 20th century. Some of his works were showcased at the Guggenheim in New York and London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts and Tate Museum. The Hugh Lane Gallery located in Dublin has secured the donations from Francis’ London Studio in 1998. They were considering the idea of relocating them as part of their gallery. Up until today, there are more than 7,000 painter’s materials of Francis Bacon that you can find in the gallery.

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