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RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:00 pm
by munsterdevil
On the Late Late Show tonight they previewed an upcoming series where the public have a chance to vote for the greatest Irish person (the five options and 'other' are listed above).

Personally I would go for John Hume, I believe him to be the forgotten man of the Northern Irish Peace Process. Having said that I believe Michael Collins will win.

You can change your mind in the poll as each episode may change your mind!

postedit: The program is starting this Monday 20n September, also, there has been a few complaints that few scientists or women made it into the previous shorlists :? :? :?

Re: Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:10 pm
by dugges
I went for Mary Robbinson!

No Mayo bias though :)

Re: Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:23 pm
by bipedalhumanoid
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.

Re: Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:32 pm
by munsterdevil
Just to clarify it's RTÉ'S list, NOT mine.

Re: Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:38 pm
by bipedalhumanoid
munsterdevil wrote:Just to clarify it's RTÉ'S list, NOT mine.
Ok. Roberty Boyle was the founder of modern chemistry. He is responsible for discrediting alchemy. He's my choice.

Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 10:41 pm
by munsterdevil
Would Robert Boyle be widely considered the greatest Irish scientist? I know it's a very broad question but if he is I'll include him in the poll, because if Bono can get into the poll there should be at least one scientist.

Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:29 pm
by Tulip1
I only know bono out of the list and am not very proud of that!

Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 12:08 am
by Ygern
I'm going for Boole.

There's a Cork connection, but mostly because his contribution to programming is a world-class achievement.

Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:01 am
by bipedalhumanoid
munsterdevil wrote:Would Robert Boyle be widely considered the greatest Irish scientist? I know it's a very broad question but if he is I'll include him in the poll, because if Bono can get into the poll there should be at least one scientist.
I'd say he's widely unknown and that's a travesty.

Look at it this way. Michael Collins, for instance, has done a lot for Ireland. Depending on political persuasion of course, the Irish have very good reason to admire the man and to be thankful for his accomplishments. I don't want to take anything away from him.

However, Boyle is an Irishman who has had a huge impact on the entire world and every generation since his own.

Re: RTÉ'S Greatest Irish Person

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:07 pm
by leo
Just looking at some of the names mentioned above. It's an impressive list. Shame that they are not all household names considering the scale of their achievements.

George Stokes is another. He is responsible for Stokes' Law and Stokes parameters.