Monday 27 February 2017

Ireland's greatest RTE's Top 40

Names in bold made it into the final ten

1. Bono (1960) Pop singer and human rights campaigner

2. Dr Noel Browne (1915 - 1997) Politician

3. Michael Collins (1890 - 1922) Revolutionary leader

4. James Connolly (1868 - 1916) Socialist revolutionary

5. Eamon de Valera (1882-1975)

Served both as a taoiseach and president of Ireland

6. Joe Dolan (1939 - 2007) Showband singer

7. Ronnie Drew (1934 - 2008)

Folk singer

8. Colin Farrell (1976) Actor

9. Garret FitzGerald (1926)

Former taoiseach

10. Stephen Gately (1976 - 2009) Pop singer

11. Bob Geldof (1951) Pop singer and human rights campaigner

12. Padraig Harrington (1971) Golfer

13. Charles Haughey (1925 - 2006) Former taoiseach

14. Seamus Heaney (1939) Poet

15. John Hume (1937) Politician

16. James Joyce (1882 - 1941)

Writer

17. John B Keane (1928 - 2002)

Writer

18. Roy Keane (1971) Footballer

19. Ronan Keating (1977) Pop singer

20. Sean Lemass ( 1899-1971)

Former taoiseach

21. Jack Lynch (1917 - 1999)

GAA star and former taoiseach

22. Phil Lynott (1951 - 1986)

Rock singer

23. Paul McGrath (1959)

Footballer

24. Christy Moore (1945) Folk singer

25. Liam Neeson (1952) Actor

26. Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847)

Political leader

27. Daniel O'Donnell (1961)

Pop singer

28. Brian O'Driscoll (1979)

Rugby player

29. Michael O'Leary (1961)

Chief executive of Ryanair

30. John O'Shea (1944)

Humanitarian campaigner

31. Sonia O'Sullivan (1969)

Athlete

32. Charles Stewart Parnell (1846 - 1891) Political leader

33. Padraig Pearse (1879-1916) Educator, writer and revolutionary

34. Christy Ring (1920 - 1979)

GAA star

35. Mary Robinson (1944)

Former president

36. Adi Roche (1955)

Humanitarian campaigner

37. Wolfe Tone (1763 - 1798) Republican icon

38. Louis Walsh (1952) Pop promoter

39. Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

Writer

40. WB Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Poet

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