More Nobel Prize laureates have been born in Dublin than any other city, and those wrote primarily in English.  During the twentieth century, Ireland produced four Nobel Prize winners for Literature (Shaw, Yeats, Beckett, Heaney), and a host of other writers of the highest quality (Wilde, Synge, O’Casey, Joyce).
Irish literature of the twentieth century has, not coincidentally, played a central part in the global library.

oscar wilde

Oscar Wilde

samuel beckett

Samuel Beckett

james joyce

James Joyce

james stephens

James Stephens

george bernard shaw

George Bernard Shaw