List of Mayo people
County Mayo is a county in Ireland, it is the third largest in Ireland and the second largest in Connaught, Mayo has produced many noted artists, entertainers, politicians and businesspeople. Also included are people affiliated with Mayo before the creation of the Republic of Ireland.
List of people from County MayoEdit
Writers, composers and philosophersEdit
- Ulick Bourke (1829–1887) – scholar, founder of the Gaelic Union.
- Louis Brennan (1852–1932) – inventor.
- Richard Douthwaite (1942–2011) – economist, ecologist, campaigner and writer.
- Paul Durcan – poet.
- James Owen Hannay a.k.a. George A. Birmingham – author (The Seething Pot) (1905) and (Hyacinth) (1906).
- John Healy (1930–1991) – author and journalist.
- Bernard O'Hara – historian and author (Davitt: Irish Patriot and Father of the Land League) (2009), (Killasser: Heritage of a Mayo Parish) (2012) and (Exploring Mayo) (2017).
- Adrian Flannelly – radio network host from 1970.
- Karen Koster - presenter for Virgin Media Television.
- Margaret Burke Sheridan (1889–1958) – opera singer.
- Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin – winner of the 2005 Rose of Tralee contest. She is first Rose from County Mayo.
- Louis Walsh – entertainment manager and judge on British television talent show The X Factor and Ireland's Got Talent.
Politicians and leadersEdit
- Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo (1822–1872) – Viceroy of India (1869–1872).
- Dara Calleary – Fianna Fáil politician
- Seán Calleary (1931–2018) – Fianna Fáil politician
- Lucinda Creighton – former politician, leader and founder of Renua Ireland (2015–2016).
- Lisa Chambers – Fianna Fáil politician.
- Jerry Cowley – barrister, medical doctor and politician.
- Michael Davitt (1846–1906) – Irish republican, agrarian campaigner, labour leader, Home Rule politician and Member of Parliament (MP) who founded the Irish National Land League. The bridge to Achill is named after him as well as one of Castlebar's local secondary schools, (Davitt College).
- Seán Flanagan (1922–1993) – Fianna Fáil politician and Gaelic footballer. Served as Minister for Health (1966–1969) and Minister for Lands (1969–1973).
- Pádraig Flynn – former Fianna Fáil politician and Minister.
- Beverly Flynn – former Fianna Fáil politician
- Charles Haughey (1925–2006) – former Taoiseach of Ireland.
- William Joyce Sewell – Unionist colonel during American Civil War and US senator for New Jersey.
- Enda Kenny – politician, leader of Fine Gael (2002–2017), and Taoiseach (2011–2017).
- William O'Dwyer (1890– 1964) – 100th mayor of New York City (1946–1950).
- Paul O'Dwyer (1907–1998) – President of New York City Council, prominent New York City human rights attorney, supporter of Irish nationalism, and defender of several Irishmen from deportation, including "The Fort Worth Five" and Vincent Conlon.
- Pat Rabbitte – former leader of the Labour Party.
- Michael Ring – Fine Gael politician (inaugural Minister for Rural and Community Development (2017–present)).
- Mary Robinson – first female President of Ireland (1990–1997), and United Nations High Commissioner for Human rights.
- John Solon (d.1921) – member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
- Thomas Thornton – member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
- Admiral William Brown (1777–1857) – founder of the Argentine Navy.
- William M. Browne - Commander and Statesman in the Confederate States of America
- Frank Durkan (1930–2006) – Irish–American human rights attorney best known for having represented numerous members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).
- Flidais – the heroine of the Ulster Cycle Erris legend of the Táin Bó Flidhais.
- Michael Gaughan (1949–1974) – IRA Volunteer.
- Philip Gaughan (1865–1913) – first Irish-American to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Spanish–American War.* John Hennen – FRSE military surgeon.
- Gráinne O'Malley – 16th-century pirate queen and chieftain of the clan O’Malley, also known as Granuaile.
- Ernie O'Malley (1897–1957), prominent officer in the Irish Republican Army during the Irish War of Independence and on the anti-Treaty side in the Irish Civil War; also a writer.* Frank Stagg (1942–1976) – member of the Irish Republican Army who went on a Hunger strike.
- Mark Mellett – current Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces
- John MacBride - (1868 – 1916) Irish republican and military leader executed by the British for his participation in the 1916 Irish Easter Rising
- Niall McGarry – entrepreneur.
- Patrick McHale - Soldier in the British Army and recipient of the Victoria Cross.
- Maurice George Moore - Served with the Connaught Rangers in South Africa during the Xhosa Wars, the Anglo-Zulu War and the Second Boer War. Later denounced British actions in South Africa and became an Irish Nationalist. Served as a Fianna Fail senator.
- Ryan Connolly – footballer
- Alan Dillon – former Gaelic footballer for Mayo (2003–2017).
- Ger Feeney (c. 1954–2010) – Gaelic footballer for Mayo.
- Richie Feeney – Gaelic footballer for Mayo.
- Ciaran Kelly – footballer (Sligo Rovers).
- Diarmuid O'Connor – Gaelic footballer for Mayo.
- Tommy Langan (1921–1974) – Gaelic footballer, full-forward.
- Ciarán McDonald – Gaelic football player.
- John McDonnell – athletics coach. He has won more national championships (42) than any coach in any sport in the history of American collegiate athletics.
- Ray Moylette – professional boxer.
- Cillian O'Connor – Gaelic footballer for Mayo.
- Aidan O'Shea – Gaelic footballer for Mayo
- Nicholas Quinn – Swimmer, competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- Martin Sheridan (1881–1918) – five-time Olympic gold medalist, with a total of nine Olympic medals
- Cora Staunton, Gaelic footballer for Mayo (1995–present), All-Ireland winner (1999–2000, 2002–2003), All Star winner (2000–2002, 2004, 2007–2009, 2012–2013, 2015, 2017), association footballer, rugby player and Australian rules footballer, Greater Western Sydney Giants (2017–present).
- Jimmy Walsh (1885–1962) – outfielder for MLB team Boston Red Sox. Won world series in 1916
- Patrick Browne (1720–1790) – doctor and botanist of Jamaica.
- Frank Carter (1881–1927) – Irish–American serial killer.
- Brian Rua U'Cearbhain – 17th century prophet from Erris.
- Willie Corduff – Winner of Goldman Environmental Prize 2007.
- Micheál de Búrca (1912–1985) – artist.
- Michael Feeney – MBE – founder of Mayo Peace Park.
- John MacHale (1789–1881) – Archbishop of Tuam, Irish independence leader.
- Marquess of Sligo (Browne).
- Michael Murphy – broadcaster, journalist, psychoanalyst.
- Michael Neary – current Archbishop of Tuam.