Famous Irish People We Love
Celebs wed like to spend St. Pattys Day with
Born in New York City to an American mother and an English and Irish father, Olivia has spoken fondly of spending summers in Ireland as a child and even trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. And her stage name, Wilde, is a nod to another famous Irishman — writer Oscar Wilde!
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Introduced to American audiences through films like Bend it Like Beckham and Match Point, this Dublin-born cutie cemented himself in our hearts with his role as King Henry VIII in the popular HBO series The Tudors.
Conan didn'’t grow up in Ireland (he'’s from Massachusetts!), but he sure is Irish. After his difficult departure from NBC and leaving his slot on The Tonight Show in 2010, he started anew on TBS. We’'re glad he can still make us laugh no matter what network he’'s on!
What a supportive Irish mother! Maggie Griffin is mom to Kathy Griffin and is seen here supporting her daughter at a book signing.
The U2 frontman was born in Dublin. Besides being in a super-famous Irish rock band, Bono is a prominent activist for human rights and a dad of two. What'’s not to love?
This Irish actor is as Irish as it gets. He'’s a native, originally from County Meath, Ireland — and a cutie, too.
Not only is he Irish, but he’'s also the father of the infamous Charlie Sheen. Enough said.
With a name like Bridget Moynahan, she has to be Irish! When she split with ex-hubby Tom Brady in 2007, the model-turned-actress was three months pregnant. Now, she’'s a single mom in the spotlight!
This Irish heartthrob was voted “"most handsome"” in high school — and for good reason. We’'d gladly be his ghost of a girlfriend past!
This Dublin-born dad is a Golden Globe winner who just so happens to make our hearts race.
We love Liam Neeson for his strength. The Irish actor lost his wife, Natasha Richardson, in a tragic skiing accident in 2009, leaving him to care for his two teenage sons on his own.
This famous comedian made headlines in June 2012 when she married wife Michelle Rounds, and this January the happy couple welcomed their baby daughter, Dakota, who was born via a surrogate! O'Donnell also uses her celebrity to advocate for kids: She helped create Rosie's Broadway Kids, a program that provides free music and dance instruction to NYC public schools.