6. Samuel Beckett
Born in Dublin in 1906, this esteemed avant-garde playwright was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Having studied French, Italian and English at Trinity College, Samuel later spent time in Paris, and wrote both in English and French. His most famous works is probably the absurdist play, Waiting For Godot, while his legacy lives on in Dublin; there’s the Samuel Beckett Centre (a theatre in Trinity), and the more recent Samuel Beckett bridge, which crosses the Liffey at Dublin’s docklands.
7. The Lion in the MGM logo
That’s right folks, the first lion to feature in the MGM studio logo went by the name of Slats, and was born in Dublin Zoo in 1919. After he was brought to the States, Hollywood’s premier animal trainer Volney Phifer began to train him, and since Volney worked on several MGM films, Slats was the perfect choice to appear in the famous logo. Volney and Slats remained close until Slats’ death in 1936 – indeed, such was Volney’s love for the lion, he had him buried on his own farm, under a pine tree that he claimed would “hold down the lion’s spirit.”