South African people of Irish descent

Posted May 5, 2011
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  1. Tanit Phoenix

    Tanit Phoenix


    Tanit Phoenix (born 24 September 1980) is a South African fashion model and actress. She is best known for her swimwear and lingerie photo shoots after appearing in a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2003 and in GQ magazine and FHM in the same year.

  2. Princess Charlene of Monaco

    Princess Charlene of Monaco


    Charlene, Princess of Monaco (French: Charlène; born Charlene Lynette Wittstock, 25 January 1978), is a former Olympic swimmer for South Africa who, after marrying Prince Albert II in 2011, became Princess of Monaco.

  3. Kelly Hoppen

    Kelly Hoppen


    Kelly Elaine Hoppen MBE (born July 1959) is an English interior designer, author and proprietor of Kelly Hoppen Interiors. From 2013 to 2015, she was a "Dragon" on the BBC Two's Dragons' Den.

  4. Cyril Cusack

    Cyril Cusack


    Cyril James Cusack (26 November 1910 – 7 October 1993) was an Irish actor, who appeared in numerous films and television productions in a career lasting more than 70 years.

  5. Athol Fugard

    Athol Fugard


    Harold Athol Lanigan Fugard (born 11 June 1932) is a South African playwright, novelist, actor, and director who writes in English. He is best known for his political plays opposing the system of apartheid and for the 2005 Academy Award-winning film of his novel Tsotsi, directed by Gavin Hood. Fugard is an adjunct professor of playwriting, acting and directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of California, San Diego. For the academic year 2000–2001, he was the IU Class of 1963 Wells Scholar Professor at Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana. The recipient of many awards, honours, and honorary degrees, including the 2005 Order of Ikhamanga in Silver "for his excellent contribution and achievements in the theatre" from the government of South Africa. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

  6. Rory Sabbatini

    Rory Sabbatini


    Rory Mario Trevor Sabbatini (born 2 April 1976) is a South African professional golfer. He currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, United States.

  7. Robey Leibbrandt

    Robey Leibbrandt


    Sidney Robey Leibbrandt (25 January 1913 in Potchefstroom, Transvaal – 1 August 1966 in Ladybrand, Free State province, South Africa), who was led by the German military intelligence (Abwehr) under the pseudonym "Robert Leibbrand", was a South African Boer of German and Irish descent. Leibbrandt was an Olympic boxer and later a German secret agent and freedom fighter against the British influence and political power within South Africa.

  8. Sean Bergin

    Sean Bergin


    Sean Bergin (29 June 1948 – 1 September 2012) was an avant-garde jazz saxophonist and flautist originally from South Africa.

  9. John Robbie

    John Robbie


    John Cameron Robbie (born 17 November 1955) is a former Ireland international rugby union player who played scrum half, and a well known radio presenter in South Africa on Talk radio 702. His previous rugby career has also seen him take up the role of rugby commentator, both on television and at Independent Newspapers. He is a Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Ambassador.

  10. Dion O'Cuinneagain

    Dion O'Cuinneagain


    Dion O' Cuinneagain (born 24 May 1972, Cape Town, South Africa) is a former rugby union player who represented both South Africa and Ireland. Since retiring as a rugby player, O' Cuinneagain has worked as a doctor and as a rugby coach.

  11. Mike Connell (soccer)

    Mike Connell (soccer)


    "Iron" Mike Connell (born 1 November 1956 in Mayfair, Johannesburg, South Africa) is a former professional footballer. He played in his native South Africa as well as in the North American Soccer League.

  12. Patrick Mynhardt

    Patrick Mynhardt


    Patrick Beattie Mynhardt (12 June 1932 in Bethulie, Free State, South Africa – 25 October 2007 in London, England) was a well-known South African film and theatre actor. He appeared in over 150 stage plays in South Africa and England, 100 local and international films, TV plays and serials as well as an opera. He died in London, where he was performing in his one-man show Boy from Bethulie at the Jermyn Street Theatre in the West End.

  13. Fiona Coyne (presenter)

    Fiona Coyne (presenter)


    Fiona Coyne (22 June 1965 – 18 August 2010) was a South African actress, author, playwright and television presenter who hosted the South African version of The Weakest Link.

  14. Thomas Cullinan (diamond magnate)

    Thomas Cullinan (diamond magnate)


    Sir Thomas Cullinan (12 February 1862 – 23 August 1936) was a South African diamond magnate. He is renowned for giving his name to the Cullinan Diamond, the largest diamond ever discovered, and as owner of the Premier Mine, now renamed the Cullinan Mine, from which the famous gem was extracted on 26 January 1905. He also gave his name to the nearby South African town of Cullinan.

  15. Jeremy Cronin

    Jeremy Cronin


    Jeremy Cronin (born 12 September 1949) is a South African writer, author, and noted poet. A longtime activist in politics, Cronin is a member of the South African Communist Party and a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. He presently serves as the South African Deputy Minister of Public Works.

  16. Charles Patrick John Coghlan

    Charles Patrick John Coghlan


    Sir Charles Patrick John Coghlan KCMG (24 June 1863 – 28 August 1927) was a lawyer and politician who served as Premier (later Prime Minister) of Southern Rhodesia from 1 October 1923 to his death. Having led the responsible government movement in the territory during the latter days of Company rule, he was Southern Rhodesia's first head of government after it became a self-governing colony within the British Empire.

  17. Jeremy Wafer

    Jeremy Wafer


    Jeremy Wafer (born 1953) is a South African sculptor and printmaker.

  18. James Percy FitzPatrick

    James Percy FitzPatrick


    Sir James Percy FitzPatrick, KCMG (24 July 1862 – 24 January 1931), known as Percy FitzPatrick, was a South African author, politician, mining financier and pioneer of the fruit industry. He authored the classic children's book, Jock of the Bushveld (1907). As a politician, he defended British Imperial interests before and during the Anglo-Boer War.

  19. Robert McBride (police officer)

    Robert McBride (police officer)


    Robert McBride (born 6 July 1963) is the former chief of the metropolitan police for Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. During the apartheid era he was a member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress.

  20. Bree O'Mara

    Bree O'Mara


    Bridgid "Bree" O'Mara (4 July 1968 – 12 May 2010) was an Irish-South African novelist, ballet dancer, TV producer and air hostess who was killed in the crash of Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771.

  21. Thomas Charles Scanlen

    Thomas Charles Scanlen


    Thomas Charles Scanlen (9 July 1834 – 15 December 1912) was a politician and administrator of the Cape Colony.

  22. Thomas Stanage

    Thomas Stanage


    Thomas Shaun Stanage (born 1932) was bishop of Bloemfontein in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa from 1982 to 1997.

  23. Pat Kavanagh (agent)

    Pat Kavanagh (agent)


    Patricia Olive "Pat" Kavanagh (31 January 1940, Durban, South Africa – 20 October 2008, London, England) was a British literary agent.

  24. Rob Herring (rugby union)

    Rob Herring (rugby union)


    Rob Herring (born 27 April 1990) in Cape Town, South Africa) is an Irish rugby union player for Ulster in the Pro 12 and Heineken Cup. He plays as a Hooker. Herring born in South Africa, hales from one of South Africa's oldest and well known schools, South African College Schools (SACS) and also qualifies to play for Ireland.

  25. William Porter (attorney-general)

    William Porter (attorney-general)


    William Porter (1805–1880) was attorney-general of the Cape Colony and a drafter of its first constitution in 1854.

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