Woman. What a beautiful word. It is a description of endless love, devotion, care, and strength. We are not all here in this world without a woman. Here in Celtic Knot, we really love every woman starting from our founder, our executives, and employee s and as we celebrate International Women’s Month, we are thinking of honoring the Irish women of all time who have achieved great things and had a significant influence across the world.
We collected so many names and we discussed who we will feature here from politicians to stars, sports personalities to pirates as we believe that Irish women are talented and have given the influence that shaped not just the Irish history and culture but also left a dent in our world.
Mary Robinson – Ireland’s first-ever female president
Mary Robinson is most famous for being the seventh President of Ireland and the first woman ever to hold the office in the history of the country.
During her time in the presidential office, she was praised and credited with helping to transform Ireland into a more modern country.
Mary McAleese – a talented academic, author, and Irish president
Talented, young, and bold, these were only 3 words to describe the second female president of Ireland, Mary McAleese. This award-winning Catholic academic and author was the eighth President of Ireland and was often praised for being an outspoken and compassionate figure.
Under her presidency, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom held her first state visit by a British monarch since Ireland had gained independence.
Veronica Guerin – the brave and uncompromising
One of the most controversial yet super brave Irish women is Veronic Guerin. She was a journalist for The Sunday Independent and became really famous with her notorious exposes on Dublin’s drug culture. Despite eating death threats for her breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this brave journalist never backed down from speaking the truth using her platform to voice out the truth about drug syndicates.
At her young age of 37, this young and beautiful journalist was shot dead in 1996 and triggered the most extensive criminal investigation in Ireland’s history.
Enya – the world’s singing sensation
Enya is a worldwide singing sensation who is famous for her song “May It Be” which she wrote for the first film in the Lord of the Ring trilogy. May It Be was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Apart from that, Enya won seven World Music Awards and four Grammys. She also has sung in ten languages.
Maureen O’Hara – the original star of the silver screen
Maureen O’Hara is one of the most famous Irish women to ever grace the silver screen. She has been known for playing passionate but sensible heroines in westerns and adventure movies. One of the most successful films is the Rio Grande and The Black Swan. Aside from being one of the most sought actresses of her time, she is also a singer and has performed in various films and musicals.
Sinéad O’Connor – the controversial but talented singer
Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s by her brilliant rendition of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U”. This talented singer-songwriter occasionally encountered controversy because of her gestures and statements but is worldly known for her collaborations with many other artists, and appearances at charity fundraising concerts.
Grace O’Malley – the fearsome ‘pirate queen’
Known to be the notorious “Pirate Queen” of western Ireland, Grace O’Malley is one of the strangest entries in our list of the most influential and famous Irish women of all time. During her prime years, Grace O’ Malley successfully commanded three galleys, twenty ships, and over 200 men which is quite impressive especially as she was living in a patriarchal society.
Sonia O’Sullivan – the athletic superstar
Sonia O’Sullivan is a famous track and field athlete who represented Ireland in different international athletics competitions for 19 years. During her prime years, O’Sullivan won a silver Olympic medal, a gold medal at the 1995 World Championships for a 5000-meter dash, and also held a whole host of long standing world records.
That concludes our list of who we believe to be the most famous Irish woman of all time. If we are to meet these lovely, wonderful, and awesome ladies, we are sure to give the Celtic Knot™ Collection for them to splurge and indulge as a way of saying thank you for their contribution in the Irish history. Are there any other Irish women who you think deserved to be on this list? Be sure to shop for the great women in your lives and make them happy today!
And by the way, if you are looking for a Best Irish Gift Ideas for the special woman in your life, you can also check out our blog entry here.