It feels like a while since last I wrote a list curated to characters. I don’t think it has, but as I’ve been doing a freak ton of back end work on the website (which, I swear, is going to suck all of my new project passion), I haven’t really been working on new things. Still, with St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I was inspired to look at a few our favorite Irish characters from fiction, film and TV, too.
Like any sort of list, I’m sure I’ll miss some important characters, but we try our best to find some good ones and of course, sometimes one’s bias shows. We do have to give some of our most favorite characters a little extra love, right? Regardless of who makes the list, it’s going to require a bit of cursory searching, so let’s see what the search uncovers and introduce you to characters who are chauffeurs, feisty redheads and opinionated ex-IRA agents.
FAVORITE IRISH CHARACTERS
1: Tom Branson
From: Downton Abbey (ITV TV series)
I mean, if I put no one else on this list, this dude would HAVE to have a spot. I love not only his growth and progression in this period drama, but also the way the family he marries into comes to envelop him as a part of their family. Find Downton Abbey (the series) digitally on Amazon Video; or find the feature film digitally on Amazon Video
2: Haley Callahan
From: Chasing Secrets (Book)
Haven’t read this novel yet, but I did read a few chapters and I adore the first three books in the series, so I have every confidence Haley’s story will also be memorable. The plot follows the heroine, who also happens to be a bodyguard as she’s drawn back to a past she’d rather not remember. These books also NEED to be adapted. Find Chasing Secrets on Bookshop.org
3: Mary Kate Danaher
From: The Quiet Man (Film)
I mean how could one create a list like this and not include Maureen O’Hara’s iconic character? I think it’s pretty much a must! It’s been years since I would have watched the film, but if my memory isn’t failing me, I’m pretty sure I did love the film and this character. Find The Quiet Man digitally on Amazon Video
4: Moira Doherty & Sean
From: A Dance in Donegal (Book)
Haven’t read this new novel, but it sounds lovely and doesn’t seem like a book gets more Irish than a story like this, which follows a woman in the 1920s who, trying to fulfill her mother’s wish, travels to Ireland. Find A Dance in Donegal on Bookshop.org
5: Mark Doran & Annie Mullaney
From: Durango (Film)
Haven’t seen this film in years, but I remember thinking it was really sweet. It films in Ireland and I think the love story has as kind of Romeo and Juliet element to it. But the plot follows a young man who leads a cattle drive across Ireland in a film that’s called “the first western set in Ireland.”
6: Jessica Fletcher
From: Murder, She Wrote (TV Show)
I don’t remember Jessica’s heritage to be honest (and yes, I’ve watched this entire series through twice because my mom loves it), but in my research I came across her name a few times.
7: Fiona Glenanne
From: Burn Notice (TV Show)
Fiona is the feisty and determined former IRA agent who falls for Michael, trouble is, she doesn’t know he’s a spy! Find Burn Notice digitally on Amazon Video
8: Eilias Lacey
From: Brooklyn (Film)
Based on a novel, I only know the character of Eilias from the film adaptation featuring Saoirse Ronon. It’s a lovely period drama that drags the whole love triangle bit on too long, but ultimately ends in a happy way. Find Brooklyn digitally on Amazon Video
From: Marie (Book)
Read this book from Linda Windsor YEARS ago. I think. Remembering what it’s about is another story entirely. Either way, it’s a story quite different from anything else on this list give that it takes place in ancient times.
From: Brave (Film)
She’s a Pixar heroine with a full, curly head of red hair and she’s feisty, too! Find Brave digitally on Amazon Video
11: Parker Mitchell
From: Still Life (Book)
Cannot remember much about this novel because it’s been quite some time I read it, but do recall how good author Dani Pettrey does with Parker’s Irish accent. Find Still Life on Bookshop.org or Amazon
12: Walter O’Brien
From: Scorpion (TV Show)
This may be stretching things a bit, but I’m including Walter because I quite like him, and also I think his family ancestry IS Irish… so we’re just going to roll with it. Find Scorpion, season one digitally on Amazon Video
13: Declan O’Callaghan
From: Leap Year (Film)
I know some viewers don’t care for this character, however I guess I never questioned whether or not I like him… I just do. He is a bit brash but then there’s also that kind of big-teddy-bear sort of trope thing going on. We just don’t get the chance to see it in action. Find Leap Year digitally on Amazon Video
14: Kate O’Malley
From: The Negotiator (Book)
Honestly, much as I LOVED this book, again details are fuzzy. Still with their last name, there has to be some Irish history in this chosen family, right? The novels follow a group of adults who, orphaned as children, form their own family as siblings. Find The Negotiator on Bookshop.org
Do you know any of these characters? Do you have favorite Irish characters; who are they? Comment all of your thoughts down below. I’d love to chat.
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