Welsh people of Irish descent

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  1. Catherine Zeta-Jones

    Catherine Zeta-Jones


    Catherine Zeta-Jones, (/ˈztə/; born Catherine Zeta Jones; 25 September 1969) is a Welsh actress. She has received critical acclaim and numerous accolades throughout her career, including one Academy Award, one BAFTA Award, and three Screen Actor Guild Awards. She was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year in 2005, and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

  2. Paula Yates

    Paula Yates


    Paula Elizabeth Yates (24 April 1959 – 17 September 2000) was a British television presenter and writer, best known for her work on two television programmes, The Tube and The Big Breakfast.

  3. Dawn French

    Dawn French


    Dawn Roma French (born 11 October 1957) is an English actress, writer, and comedian, best known for starring in and writing for the comedy sketch show French and Saunders with comedy partner Jennifer Saunders and for playing the lead role as Geraldine Granger in the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. French has been nominated for seven BAFTA Awards and also won a Fellowship BAFTA with Jennifer Saunders.

  4. Anna Kashfi

    Anna Kashfi


    Anna Kashfi (b. Joan O'Callaghan, September 30, 1934) is a British former film actress of disputed ethnic heritage who had a brief Hollywood career in the 1950s. She is best known for having been married to Marlon Brando.

  5. Julia Gillard

    Julia Gillard


    Julia Eileen Gillard (born 29 September 1961) is a former Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013, as leader of the Australian Labor Party. She was the first and to date only woman to hold either position.

  6. Tessie O'Shea

    Tessie O'Shea


    Teresa Mary "Tessie" O'Shea (13 March 1913 – 21 April 1995) was a Welsh entertainer and actress.

  7. Ciaran Joyce

    Ciaran Joyce


    The Story of Tracy Beaker (also known as Tracy Beaker or TSOTB) is a British television programme adapted from the book of the same name by Jacqueline Wilson. It ran on CBBC for five series, from 2002 to 2007 and also contained a feature length episode, Tracy Beaker's Movie of Me, broadcast in 2004, as well as a week of interactive episodes for Children in Need. The theme song was written and performed by Keisha White. All of the five series have been released on DVD and the entire first series has been made available on Netflix.

  8. Noel Sullivan

    Noel Sullivan


    Noel Sullivan (born 28 July 1980, Cardiff, Wales) is a Welsh singer and actor. He was a member of the British pop group Hear'Say. Like the other members of the group, he won his part through the talent show Popstars.

  9. Julia Callan-Thompson

    Julia Callan-Thompson


    Julia Callan-Thompson (1944 — December 2, 1979) was a model, designer (under the name Marstan et Bonnie) and socialite, born in South Wales, from an Irish family.

  10. Paulo Radmilovic

    Paulo Radmilovic


    Paolo Francesco "Paul" Radmilovic (5 March 1886 – 29 September 1968) was a Welsh water polo player and swimmer of Croatian and Irish origin who won four Olympic titles in a 22 year Olympic career. He won four gold medals across three successive Olympic Games, a record which stood for a Great Britain Olympic athlete until broken by Sir Steve Redgrave when he won his fifth gold medal at Sydney in 2000. In 1928, he was the first person to compete for Britain at five Olympic Games, a record that would remain until surpassed by fencer Bill Hoskyns in 1976.

  11. Vulcana



    Kate Williams (1875 – 1946), sometimes called Kate Roberts, better known by her stage name Vulcana, was a Welsh strongwoman born of Irish parents in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

  12. Ray Reardon

    Ray Reardon


    Ray Reardon, MBE (born 8 October 1932) is a Welsh retired snooker player who dominated the sport in the 1970s, winning six World Championships, and is remembered as one of the best players of the 20th Century. Despite being a genial figure, his dark widow's peak and sharp-toothed grin earned him the nickname "Dracula".

  13. Jamie Harris

    Jamie Harris


    Jamie Harris (born 28 June 1979) is a Welsh professional footballer currently playing for Leinster Senior League side Glebe North F.C. Harris began his football career at hometown club Swansea City in 1996. He impressed in a trial game against Swindon Town and manager Jan Molby offered him a two-year contract; he later went out on loan to Merthyr Tydfil to gain some first-team experience. When his contract at Swansea expired, he had short spells at Rhayader Town and Haverfordwest County.

  14. Kevin Sheedy (Irish footballer)

    Kevin Sheedy (Irish footballer)


    Kevin Mark Sheedy (born 21 October 1959) is a former footballer. He spent the largest portion of his playing career with Everton – with whom he won the FA Cup, European Cup Winners' Cup and two Football League titles – and also played for Hereford United, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Blackpool. Born in Builth Wells, Wales, he played 46 times for the Republic of Ireland national football team and scored the country's first ever goal in a FIFA World Cup finals. He is now an academy coach for Everton.

  15. Jo Caulfield

    Jo Caulfield


    Josephine "Jo" Caulfield (born 26 September 1965) is a British actress, writer and comedian.

  16. John O'Shea (rugby player)

    John O'Shea (rugby player)


    John Patrick O'Shea (born 2 June 1940) is a former Wales international rugby union player.

  17. Dennis O'Neill

    Dennis O'Neill


    Dennis O'Neill CBE (born 25 February 1948 in Pontarddulais, Wales) is a Welsh operatic tenor and recording artist.

  18. Taffy O'Callaghan

    Taffy O'Callaghan


    Eugene "Taffy" O’Callaghan (6 October 1906 – 4 July 1946) was a Welsh professional footballer who played as a forward for Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Wales during the 1920s and 1930s.

  19. Richard Moriarty

    Richard Moriarty


    Richard Moriarty (born 1 May 1957 at Gorseinon near Swansea) is a former international Wales rugby union player. He played on 23 occasions for his country, either as a 2nd row or back row forward scoring 2 tries and captained Wales on 8 occasions.

  20. John Mahoney (footballer)

    John Mahoney (footballer)


    John Francis Mahoney (born 20 September 1946) is a former Welsh international footballer who played as a midfielder between the 1960s and 1980s for Crewe Alexandra, Middlesbrough, Stoke City and Swansea City. He attained 51 caps for Wales.

  21. Jim Driscoll

    Jim Driscoll


    James "Jim" Driscoll commonly known as Peerless Jim (15 December 1880 – 30 January 1925) was a Welsh boxer who learned his trade in the boxing ring and used it to fight his way out of poverty. Driscoll was British featherweight champion and won the coveted Lonsdale belt in 1910. He is a member of the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame, the Ring Magazine Hall of Fame, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

  22. Albert Gubay

    Albert Gubay


    Albert Gubay, KC*SG (born 9 April 1928) is a Welsh businessman and philanthropist, who made his fortune in retailing with Kwik Save, building it further on investments, mainly in property development. According to Forbes, in 2006 Gubay had an estimated fortune of approximately GBP500 million (USD1.1 billion), making him the 698th richest person in the world.

  23. Mark Delaney (footballer)

    Mark Delaney (footballer)


    Mark Anthony Delaney (born 13 May 1976 in Haverfordwest) is a retired Wales footballer who played for Carmarthen Town, Cardiff City and Aston Villa as a right back. He is also a former member of the Welsh national team.

  24. Sybil Connolly

    Sybil Connolly


    Sybil Connolly (24 January 1921 – 6 May 1998) was a Dublin-based fashion designer who was known for creating haute couture from Irish textiles, including finely pleated linen and Carrickmacross lace, and later for her work with brands such as Tiffany & Co.. Her fashion label's famous clients included Jacqueline Kennedy.

  25. Paul Moriarty (rugby)

    Paul Moriarty (rugby)


    William Paul Moriarty (born 16 July 1964) is a Welsh former international rugby union and rugby league footballer. He played rugby union for Swansea and represented Wales before joining rugby league club Widnes, winning the 1989 World Club Challenge and also representing Great Britain. Moriarty later moved to Halifax and represented Wales in two Rugby League World Cups. He later returned to rugby union, working in a number of different coaching roles and is currently employed as assistant coach at Newcastle Falcons. Paul's older brother, Richard Moriarty, also played rugby union for Swansea and Wales. Paul's son Ross Moriarty is also a professional rugby union player.

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