There are plenty of big stars who hail from Ireland. Let's start with actor Liam Neeson ("Star Wars," "Schindler's List," "Taken"), born June 7, 1952, in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
Pierce Brosnan, actor (James Bond movies, "Mamma Mia!"), born May 16, 1953, in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Colin Farrell, actor ("Daredevil," "Crazy Heart"), born May 31, 1976, in Dublin, Ireland
Enya, singer ("May it Be," "Orinoco Flow," "Book of Days"), born May 17, 1961, in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, Ireland
Kenneth Branagh, actor-director ("My Week with Marilyn," "Hamlet"), born Dec. 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Bob Geldof, actor-singer (Boomtown Rats, Live Aid, "Pink Floyd – The Wall"), born Oct. 5, 1951, in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland
Jack Gleeson, actor ("Game of Thrones"), born May 20, 1992, in Cork, Ireland
Aidan Gillen, actor ("The Wire," "Game of Thrones"), born April 24, 1968 in Dublin, Ireland
Jamie Dornan, actor ("Once Upon a Time," "Fifty Shades of Grey"), born in 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Evanna Lynch, actress ("Harry Potter" movies), born Aug. 16, 1991, in Termonfeckin, County Louth, Ireland
Gabriel Byrne, actor ("The Usual Suspects," "In Treatment"), born May 12, 1950, in Dublin, Ireland
Cillian Murphy, actor ("Batman Begins," "Red Eye"), born May 25, 1976, in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland
Brendan Gleeson, actor ("Harry Potter" movies, "In Bruges"), born March 29, 1955, in Dublin, Ireland
Peter O'Toole, actor ("Lawrence of Arabia"), born Aug. 2, 1932, in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Roma Downey, actress ("Touched by an Angel"), born May 6, 1960, in Derry, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Stephen Rea, actor ("The Crying Game," "V for Vendetta"), born Oct. 31, 1946, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, actor ("Match Point," "The Tudors"), born July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland
Only two members of the Irish band U2 were born in Ireland. Singer Bono was born Paul Hewson, May 10, 1960, in Dublin; and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. was born Oct. 31, 1961, in Dublin.
Sinéad O'Connor, singer ("Nothing Compares 2 U"), born Dec. 8, 1966, in Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland
Van Morrison, singer ("Brown Eyed Girl," "Tupelo Honey"), born Aug. 31, 1945, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Rory McIlroy, professional golfer, born May 4, 1989, in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Michael Fassbender, actor ("Inglorious Basterds," "X-Men: First Class"), born in Heidelberg, Germany, but raised in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland
Sam Neill, actor ("Jurassic Park," "Alcatraz"), born Sept. 14, 1947, in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Saoirse Ronan, actress ("The Lovely Bones," "Atonement," "Hanna"), born in New York City but raised in County Carlow, Ireland
Damien Rice, singer ("The Blower's Daughter," "Cannonball," "Volcano"), born Dec. 7, 1973, in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland
Chris O'Dowd, actor ("The IT Crowd," "Gulliver's Travels," "Bridesmaids," "This Is 40," "Girls"), born Oct. 9, 1979, in Sligo, Ireland
Brenda Fricker, actress ("My Left Foot," "Home Alone 2," "Veronica Guerin"), born Feb. 17, 1945, in Dublin, Ireland
Glen Hansard, actor/singer (The Swell Season and "Once"), born April 21, 1970, in Ballymun, Dublin, Ireland
Sarah Bolger, actress ("In America," "The Tudors," "Once Upon a Time"), born Feb. 28, 1991, in Dublin, Ireland
Gary Lightbody, lead singer of Snow Patrol, born June 15, 1976, in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland
Stuart Townsend, actor ("Queen of the Damned," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"), born Dec. 15, 1972, in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Ciaran Hinds, actor ("Rome," "The Phantom of the Opera," "Munich"), born Feb. 9, 1953, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Patricia Quinn, actress-singer ("The Rocky Horror Picture Show"), born May 28, 1944, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
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