RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

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Who do you consider to be the greatest Irish person (you can change your mind)

Bono
0
No votes
Michael Collins
5
25%
John Hume
3
15%
Mary Robinson
3
15%
James Connolly
2
10%
Other (someone you believe should be included, please state)
7
35%
 
Total votes: 20
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Re: Greatest Irish Person

Post by Gar » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:10 pm

bipedalhumanoid wrote:Here is a list of names I'd put before every single person in your list and would also put above James Joyce and Oscar Wilde...

Robert Boyle
William ‘Guillermo’ Bowles
Francis Beaufort
Reverend Nicholas Callan
Edward J Conway
William Parsons, Third Earl of Rosse
George Boole
William Rowan Hamilton
John Tyndall
William Thomson
George Francis Fitzgerald
George Johnstone Stoney
J.D. Bernal
Ernest Walton
Kathleen Lonsdale
Denis Burkitt
John Bell
Jocelyn Bell Burnell

I'll never understand why Irish scientists are overlooked in these lists. They're far more important than any author, artist or politician.
Couldn't agree more, I don't understand why society in general isn't more interested with science and scientists.
They all seem more interested in their sports figures and celebutards like Jordan and Wayne Rooney

sigh..
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Tulip1 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:49 pm

Well jordan is science since she is put artificial together! :mrgreen:
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by munsterdevil » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:52 pm

Fortunately, she's not Irish Tulip!
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Tulip1 » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:14 pm

LOL
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by IrishAndroid » Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:54 am

Ygern wrote:I'm going for Boole.
Likewise, both as a Corkonian and as someone whose field of study is built upon his work.
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Ter » Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:07 pm

I'm going with John Tyndall, his work on atmospheric temperature is very relevant at this time in history me thinks, plus I've seen jars of his wee.
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Bik » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:31 pm

Ter wrote:I'm going with John Tyndall, his work on atmospheric temperature is very relevant at this time in history me thinks, plus I've seen jars of his wee.
I used to work in Carlow and loved taking the piss that their most famous scientist was the person who discovered THAT the sky was blue :lol:

From the RTE list, definitely Collins or Connolly, why Boner gets on these lists is a fucking joke!
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Dev » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:10 pm

A disproportionate number of scientists and academics have been mentioned as candidates, notably not many women either. Biped did suggest Joyce and Wilde but Ireland has a lot more to offer in the way of bohemian, political, buisness culture than those two. Irish statesmen have also been very important in shaping modern Ireland.

Richard Harris, Rory Gallagher, Noel Browne, Charles Stuart Parnell, Daniel O'Connell, Countess Markievicz, Francis Bacon, Michael O'Leary, Sean Lemass, W.B Yeats, Samuel Beckett et cetera.

Also we have to be specific about who is Irish and who isn't. Is Daniel Day Lewis Irish, is John F. Kennedy Irish, is Bernardo O'Higgins Irish, is Ian Paisley Irish?
I'll never understand why Irish scientists are overlooked in these lists. They're far more important than any author, artist or politician.
I'm not sure I agree with the latter part of what you say.
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by Hemingway » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:24 am

Robert Boyle for me............
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Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Post by munsterdevil » Wed Sep 22, 2010 11:33 am

Dev wrote:Also we have to be specific about who is Irish and who isn't. Is Daniel Day Lewis Irish not in the classic sense, he has Irish citizenship so for the purposes of the poll he is NOT irish, is John F. Kennedy Irish NO, is Bernardo O'Higgins Irish NO, is Ian Paisley Irish? YES
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