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Beckett, Samuel (1906-1989) Writer. Born at Coolrinagh, Brighton Road, Foxrock. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969.

Casement, Sir Roger (1864-1916) Patriot. Born at Doyles Cottage, 29 Lawson Terrace, Sandycove.

Colum, Padraic (1881-1972) Writer. Lived at Railway Cottage, Eden Road, Sandycove, where his father was stationmaster.

Croker, Richard "Boss" (1841-1922) Tammany boss. Lived at Glencairn, Sandyford. Buried in the old Kilgobbin Cemetery.

Dargan, William (1799-1867) Railway engineer and entrepreneur. Lived at Mount Anville, Dundrum. Responsible for the construction of the Dublin to Kingstown Railway in 1834 (The first in Ireland).


Davitt, Michael (1846-1906) Founder of Land League. Lived at 9 Shanganagh Tce and later Land League Cottage, now Roselawn, Military Road, Ballybrack.

De Valera, Eamonn (1882-1975) Statesman and Uachtaran na hEireann. Educated at BlackrockCollege, was professor of mathematics at Carysfort College and lived in Mount Merrion,Sandymount and Blackrock.

Dowland, John (1562-1626) Musician and composer. Born in Dalkey. The greatest lutenist of his age.

Fitzgerald, Lord Edward (1763-1798) United Irishman. Lived at Frescati Lodge where he was visited by Thomas Paine author of "The Rights of Man".

Geldof, Bob (1951- ), lead singer with The Boomtown Rats and joint organiser of Live Aid lived in Crosswaith Park, Dun Laoghaire.

Gibbon, Monk (1896-1987) Writer. Lived in Dundrum where his father was rector in Taney. Educated at St. Columba's College, Rathfarnham. Later lived at Tara Hall, Sandycove Road.

Gonne, Maud (1865-1953) Political activist. Lived at Roebuck House, Clonskeagh from 1922 until her death.

Hone, Evie (1894-1955) Stained glass artist. Born at Roebuck Grove. Died at Dower House, Marlay, Rathfarnham. One of her earliest windows (1933) is in St Nahi's Church Dundrum.

Joyce, James (1882-1941) Writer. Lived at Leoville, Carysford Avenue, Blackrock (1891). Taught in the Clifton School, Dalkey (1904). Stayed at Martello Tower in Sandycove, home of Oliver St John Gogarty and now the Joyce Museum. The opening chapters of "Ulysses" are set in this area.

Kickham, Charles (1828-1882) Writer and Fenian. Lived at Montpelier Place, Blackrock.

Mac Bride, Major John (1865-1916) Patriot. Lived at 8 Spencer Villas, Glasthule from 1914 -1916.

MacBride, Sean (1904-1988) Politician and human rights activist. Lived at Roebuck House, Clonskeagh. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.

O'Higgins, Kevin (1892-1927) Politician. Lived at Cross Avenue, Booterstown. Assassinated while serving as Minister of Justice.

O'Nolan, Brian (1911-1966) Writer. Pseudonyms Flann O'Brien and Myles na gCopaleen. Lived at 4 Avoca Terrace, Blackrock and later at 81 Mount Merrion Avenue.

O'Riada, Sean (1931-1971) Musician and composer. Lived at 1 Belmont Tce, Galloping Green during the early 1960s.

Orpen, Sir William (1887-1931) Portrait painter. Born at Oriel, Grove Ave, Blackrock.

Plunkett, Sir Horace (1854-1932) Founder of the Co-Operative movement. Lived at Kiltieragh,Foxrock.

Robinson, Lennox (1886-1958) Writer. Lived Sorrento Cottage, Vico Road, Dalkey in 1925 and later at 20 Longford Tce., Monkstown.

Shaw, George Bernard (1856-1950) Writer. Lived at Torca Cottage, Dalkey. Awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925.

Stephens, James (1824-1901) Writer and Fenian. lived at 82 George's Ave, Blackrock.

Synge, John Millington (1871-1909) Writer. Born at 2 Newtown Villas, Churchtown. Lived at 31 Crosthwaite Park, Dun Laoghaire and Glendalough House, Adelaide Road, Glenageary.

Toutcher, Captain Richard (1758-1841) Father of Dunleary Asylem Harbour. During the construction of the piers he lived for a period in Rumley Ave, now known as Mulgrave Street. He is buried in Monkstown Parish.

Yeats Sisters, Elizabeth and Susan (1866-1949) Founders of Cuala Industries. Sisters of Jack B and W.B. Yeats. Lived at Gurteen Dheas, Upper Churchtown Road, Churchtown.

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