Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Gathering of Famous People with Irish Roots

Tonight I decided to list famous people who have Irish roots, (it being the Irish time of year). I got tired of it quickly but had gone too far to stop. I did curtail it though, which wasn’t easy; there’s an awful lot of famous names that belong on this list. The Irish went in for big Catholic families and it shows; and truth is: politics, cinema, music, crime, literature would have been very different without them. 

I don’t expect anyone to read all these; just cast your eyes around and you’ll get the jist. Of course, the Irish family names often make the Irish connection obvious, but sometimes you're not thinking. 
So, in no order at all, Irish English,  Irish Scottish, Irish French, Irish American, Irish Austrailian,Irish Canadian: 
Iris Murdoch, Charles Laughton, Clint Eastwood, John Lennon, Georgia O’Keeffe, Johnny Depp, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert de Niro, Mohammed Ali,  Christina Aguilera, Drew Barrymore, Elvis Costello, Chuck Norris, Harrison Ford, Judy Garland, Woodrow Wilson, Kurt Cobain, Edgar Allen Poe, Errol Flynn, Joseph McCarthy, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Ben Stiller, Walt Disney, Alicia Keys, Cheryl Cole, Isadora Duncan,  Andrew Jackson, Mandy Moore, Billy the Kid, Liam and Noel Gallagher, Bill Murray,  Jennifer Connelly, Paul McCartney, Tyrone Power, John F Kennedy and brothers of course, Mia Farrow,  Ann Hathaway, Greer Garson, Richard Nixon,  Michael Moore, Alfred Hitchcock, Ned Kelly,  Ant and Dec, Tori Amos, Robert Downey Jnr, Raymond Chandler, Bing Crosby, John Travolta, Ernest Shackleton, Bo Derek, Mickey Rourke, Jack Dempsey, Tom Keneally,  Jeremy Irons, Jules Holland, Rosemary Clooney, Henry Ford, Gregory Peck, Theodore Roosevelt, Conan O’Brien, Leonora Carrington, Lee Harvey Oswald, Bronte sisters, Danny Boyle, Henry James, John Huston, John Barry (composer), Rex Ingram, Boy George, Dusty Springfield,  Lance Armstrong, James Hennessy (cognac), Britney Spears, Jeanne Moreau, Mel Gibson,  John Berryman, Tom Clancy, Gene Kelly, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Macaulay Culkin, Jimmy Carter, Ulysses S  Grant, Rihanna, Wayne Rooney, John Daly, F Scott Fitgerald, Roger McGough, Brian Mulroney, Angela Lansbury, Eugene O’Neill, Kathy Bates,  John McEnroe, Jack Nicholson, Kevin Costner, Sharon Osbourne, Mickey Spillane, Frank O’Hara, Grace Kelly, Billy Connolly, James Cagney, Morrissey, Kylie Minogue,  John Wayne, Ralph Fiennes, Spencer Tracy, Harry S Truman, John Barry (navy), Ed Sullivan, Ronald Reagan, Mark Wahlberg, Sidney Nolan,  Tim Buckley, Charlie Sheen, Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Bruce Springsteen, Jim Morrison, Richard J Daley, Ben Hogan, Alan Rickman, Barrack Obama, Megan Fox, Lindsay Lohan, George Clooney, John Cusack, Peter Kay, Susan Sarandon, astronaut Michael Collins, Ben Affleck, George W Bush, George Harrison,  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Anthony Quinn, Minnie Driver, Michael Gambon, Eddie Murphy, Marlon Brando.

Yeah, I know; it looks like I don't have much to be doing. Some nights.........................

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