42 Notable alumni of
Maynooth University

Maynooth University is 1408th in the world, 479th in Europe, and 6th in Ireland by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 42 notable alumni from Maynooth University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Brian Friel

    Brian Friel
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1929-2015 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    politiciantheatrical directortranslatorwriterplaywright
    Biography

    Brian Patrick Friel was an Irish dramatist, short story writer and founder of the Field Day Theatre Company. He had been considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists. He has been likened to an "Irish Chekhov" and described as "the universally accented voice of Ireland". His plays have been compared favourably to those of contemporaries such as Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter and Tennessee Williams.

  2. Eimear Quinn

    Eimear Quinn
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    singer
    Biography

    Eimear Mary Rose Quinn is an Irish singer and composer. She is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 1996 with the song "The Voice". Since then she has toured and performed extensively internationally and has released four albums of her work, the most recent being Ériu, recorded with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and released in 2020.

  3. Seán Gallagher

    Seán Gallagher
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    reality television participantbusinessperson
    Biography

    Seán Gallagher is an Irish businessman and former reality television personality. He was a co-founder in 2000 of Smarthomes, which after initial success, failed in 2008–2010, and Gallagher departed in 2010–11. He was a panellist on RTÉ's Dragons' Den from 2009 to 2011. Gallagher was an active member of Fianna Fáil for 30 years, from 1981 to 2011, and sat on its National Executive twice (from 1985 to 1987, and from 2009 to 2011). He spent much of his career before Smarthomes working in Fianna Fáil, and in the Irish public service. Gallagher ran as an independent candidate in the 2011 presidential election, finishing second to Michael D. Higgins. He ran again in the 2018 presidential election, finishing third.

  4. Daniel Mannix

    Daniel Mannix
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1864-1963 (aged 99)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Daniel Patrick Mannix was an Irish-born Catholic bishop. Mannix was the Archbishop of Melbourne for 46 years and one of the most influential public figures in 20th-century Australia.

  5. Joe McHugh

    Joe McHugh
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1971-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Joe McHugh is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has served as Chair of the Committee on European Union Affairs since September 2020. He has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Donegal constituency since 2016, and previously from 2007 to 2016 for the Donegal North-East constituency. He served as Minister for Education and Skills from 2018 to 2020 and as a Minister of State from 2014 to 2018, including as Government Chief Whip from 2017 to 2018. He was a Senator for the Administrative Panel from 2002 and 2007.

  6. Chris Andrews

    Chris Andrews
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1964-.. (age 58)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chris Andrews is an Irish Sinn Féin politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin Bay South constituency since the 2020 general election, and previously from 2007 to 2011 for the Dublin South-East constituency.

  7. Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

    Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1953-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin is a former Irish Sinn Féin politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cavan–Monaghan constituency from 1997 to 2020. Ó Caoláin's victory in 1997 made him the first member of Sinn Féin to be elected to the Dáil since 1957, and the first to actually take their seat since 1922. His election, which paralleled the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, is cited as the beginning of Sinn Féin's involvement in the formal national politics of the Republic of Ireland.

  8. Noel Grealish

    Noel Grealish
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    politicianbusinessperson
    Biography

    Noel Grealish is an Irish Independent politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Galway West constituency since the 2002 general election.

  9. Jack O'Connor

    Jack O'Connor
    Years
    1960-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    coachGaelic football player
    Biography

    Jack O'Connor is an Irish Gaelic football manager and former player. He played football with his local club Dromid Pearses from the 1970s until the early 2000s. O'Connor guided Kerry to All-Ireland titles in 2004, 2006 and 2009 during two terms as manager before stepping down in 2012.

  10. Michael Logue

    Michael Logue
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1840-1924 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Michael Cardinal Logue was an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland from 1887 until his death in 1924. He was created a cardinal in 1893.

  11. Michael Griffin

    Michael Griffin
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1890-1920 (aged 30)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Michael Griffin was an Irish Catholic priest.

  12. Fergus O'Dowd

    Fergus O'Dowd
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Fergus O'Dowd is an Irish Fine Gael politician who has been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Louth constituency since the 2002 general election. He was appointed Chair of the Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement in September 2020. He previously served as Chair of the Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport from 2017 to 2020 and as a Minister of State from 2011 to 2014.

  13. Patrick Augustine Sheehan

    Patrick Augustine Sheehan
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1852-1913 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    writerCatholic priest
    Biography

    Patrick Augustine Sheehan was an Irish Catholic priest, author and political activist. He was usually known as Canon Sheehan after his 1903 appointment as a canon of the diocese of Cloyne, or more fully as Canon Sheehan of Doneraile, after the town of Doneraile where he wrote almost all of his major works and served as parish priest.

  14. John Lyons

    John Lyons
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1977-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    John Lyons is a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency from 2011 to 2016.

  15. Jim Daly

    Jim Daly
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1972-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Jim Daly is a former Irish Fine Gael politician who served as Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People from 2017 to 2020 and Chair of the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs from 2016 to 2017. He served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Cork South-West constituency from 2011 to 2020.

  16. John MacHale

    John MacHale
    Years
    1791-1881 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    Catholic priestCatholic deaconauthor
    Biography

    John MacHale was the Irish Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, and Irish nationalist.

  17. Joseph MacRory

    Joseph MacRory
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1861-1945 (aged 84)
    Occupations
    university teacherCatholic priest
    Biography

    Joseph Cardinal MacRory was an Irish Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as Archbishop of Armagh from 1928 until his death. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 1929. He is regarded as the leading Catholic Churchman in Ireland during the period spanning the 1916 Rising, Partition, and the Second World War.

  18. Peter Richard Kenrick

    Peter Richard Kenrick
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1806-1896 (aged 90)
    Occupations
    writerCatholic priest
    Biography

    Peter Richard Kenrick was Bishop of St. Louis, Missouri, and the first Catholic archbishop west of the Mississippi River.

  19. Patrick Rice

    Patrick Rice
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1945-2010 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    human rights activist
    Biography

    Patrick Michael Rice was an Irish human rights activist and former Catholic priest and religious who became a resident of Argentina. He was a campaigner on behalf of the families of the "disappeared", the victims of that nation's dirty war during the 1970s. He himself was kidnapped and tortured as a part of that activity by the Argentine government.

  20. Edward MacCabe

    Edward MacCabe
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1816-1885 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Edward Cardinal MacCabe or McCabe was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 1879 until his death and a Cardinal from 1882.

  21. William Joseph Walsh

    William Joseph Walsh
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1841-1921 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    William Joseph Walsh served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin from 3 July 1885 until his death in 1921.

  22. Anthony O'Regan

    Anthony O'Regan
    Years
    1809-1866 (aged 57)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Anthony O'Regan was an Irish prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Chicago in the United States from 1854 to 1858.

  23. Peter Yorke

    Peter Yorke
    Years
    1864-1925 (aged 61)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Peter Christopher Yorke was an American Irish Catholic priest and an Irish Republican and Labor activist in San Francisco.

  24. Peter Coffey

    Peter Coffey
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1876-1943 (aged 67)
    Occupations
    philosopherCatholic priest
    Biography

    Peter Coffey was an Irish Roman Catholic priest and neo-scholastic philosopher.

  25. Dermot Dunne

    Dermot Dunne
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    Anglican priest
    Biography

    Dermot Patrick Martin Dunne is the current and, by some counts, 35th Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

  26. Denis Florence MacCarthy

    Denis Florence MacCarthy
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1817-1882 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    translatorwriterpoet
    Biography

    Denis Florence MacCarthy was an Irish poet, translator, and biographer, from Dublin.

  27. Thomas Joseph Carr

    Thomas Joseph Carr
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1839-1917 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Thomas Joseph Carr was the second Roman Catholic archbishop of Melbourne, Australia.

  28. Daniel Cohalan

    Daniel Cohalan
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1858-1952 (aged 94)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Daniel Cohalan was an Irish Roman Catholic clergyman who served as the Bishop of Cork from 1916 to 1952.

  29. Thomas Nulty

    Thomas Nulty
    Years
    1818-1898 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    The Most Reverend Dr. Thomas Nulty or Thomas McNulty was born to a farming family in Fennor, Oldcastle, Co. Meath, on 7 July 1818, and died in office as the Irish Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath on Christmas Eve, 1898.

  30. Thomas Francis Hendricken

    Thomas Francis Hendricken
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1827-1886 (aged 59)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Bishop Thomas Francis Hendricken served as the first Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island.

  31. Patrick Leahy

    Patrick Leahy
    Years
    1806-1875 (aged 69)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Patrick Leahy was the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly.

  32. Daniel McGettigan

    Daniel McGettigan
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1815-1887 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Daniel McGettigan was an Irish prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served Bishop of Raphoe from 1861 to 1870 and Archbishop of Armagh from 1870 to 1887.

  33. Bernie Sherlock

    Bernie Sherlock
    Occupations
    conductorchoir director
    Biography

    Bernie Sherlock is an Irish choral conductor, adjudicator, teacher, and lecturer in music.

  34. Thomas Gilmartin

    Thomas Gilmartin
    Years
    1861-1939 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Thomas Patrick Gilmartin, D.D. was an Irish clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Clonfert from 1909 to 1918 and Archbishop of Tuam from 1918 to 1939.

  35. Eugene O'Connell

    Eugene O'Connell
    Years
    1815-1891 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Eugene O'Connell was the first Catholic bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Grass Valley, California. Born in County Cavan, Ireland, O'Connell sailed to San Francisco upon the request of Bishop Alemany for priests to serve in the diocese of Monterey. O'Connell was rector of the diocesan seminary, and later appointed to the Vicariate of Marysville, up in the gold fields. The Diocese of Grass Valley later became the Diocese of Sacramento.

  36. Henry Cleary

    Henry Cleary
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1849-1929 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Henry William Cleary was the sixth Roman Catholic Bishop of Auckland, from 1910 to 1929.

  37. William Walsh

    William Walsh
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1804-1858 (aged 54)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    William Walsh,, was an archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Halifax. Born in Waterford, Co. Waterford, Republic of Ireland and died in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  38. James Vincent Cleary

    James Vincent Cleary
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1828-1898 (aged 70)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    James Vincent Cleary was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and Archbishop of Kingston, Ontario.

  39. Joseph Higgins

    Joseph Higgins
    Years
    1838-1915 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Joseph Higgins was an Irish-born Roman Catholic priest in Australia. He was the Bishop of Rockhampton in Queensland and the Bishop of Ballarat in Victoria.

  40. John Harty

    John Harty
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1867-1946 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    John Mary Harty served as Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cashel from 1913 until his death in 1946. He served as Patron of the Gaelic Athletic Association from 1928. The Dr. Harty Cup, the trophy for Munster Schools Hurling, is named in his honour, as is the playing field of his native Murroe GAA club.

  41. Francis Murphy

    Francis Murphy
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1795-1858 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    Catholic deaconCatholic priest
    Biography

    Bishop Francis Murphy was an Irish-born Roman Catholic priest and first Catholic Bishop of Adelaide, South Australia.

  42. Patrick Morrisroe

    Patrick Morrisroe
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1869-1946 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    Catholic priest
    Biography

    Patrick Morrisroe was an Irish Catholic priest and Bishop of Achonry.