People

People from County Mayo in the West of Ireland

Mayo has produced many people who have become famous in a variety of fields. Follow the links to learn more about them and feel free to let us know any we have left out, the list is always being added to!

Sabina Coyne-Higgins - wife of the ninth President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins

Mark Mellett - Deputy Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces

Pat Rabbitte - Labour Party TD & former leader of the Labour Party

Michael Davitt - Irish nationalist campaigner and founder of the Land League

Ray Foley - Radio and TV presenter

Delia Murphy - Ballad Queen

▪ Charles Haughey - Former Taoiseach of Ireland

Monsignor Horan - Driving force behind Knock Airport

Enda Kenny - Taoiseach of Ireland

Mick Lally - Television and theatre actor

John MacBride (1865-1916) - One of the sixteen leaders executed following the 1916 Easter Week Rising.

Kathleen Florence Lynn (1874-1955) - Suffragette, Labour Activist, Nationalist and Doctor.

▪ John Moore - First president of Connacht

▪ George Moore - Novelist, poet, dramatist and artist

Grainne Mhaol - Irish chieftan and 'Sea Queen' of Connacht

Patrick Nally - Irish Republican honoured with the 'Nally Stand' in Croke Park

Mary Robinson - First woman president of Ireland

▪ Louis Walsh - Music manager and TV panellist

Mayo winners of the Rose of Tralee

Current Mayo TDs

People with tenuous Mayo links!

Some famous people who can trace their roots back to Mayo.

▪ Billy Connolly - Comedian and actor

▪ Daniel Day-Lewis - Academy Award-winning actor

▪ Michael Flatley - Star of 'Riverdance' and 'Lord of the Dance'

▪ Mel Gibson - Academy Award-winning actor and director

Princess Grace - Actress Grace Kelly, who married Prince Rainier of Monaco

▪ Coleen Rooney - Wife of Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney

▪ Steve Staunton - Former Republic of Ireland footballer and manager

▪ John Wayne - Academy Award-winning actor, director and producer.