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Poll: Who Is the Next Great Irish Actor?

Daniel Day-Lewis in 2013 and Maureen O'Hara in 2015 were the last two Irish performers to receive Oscars for their acting. Both retired stars set a high bar for subsequent generations of Irish actors to follow. Both are considered to be the greatest Irish actor and actress of all-time by most people. Currently, the list of working older-aged or middle-aged Irish film and TV stars includes: Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Kenneth Branagh, Pierce Brosnan, Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sam Neill, Chris O'Dowd, Cillian Murphy, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gambon, Sinéad Cusack, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Genevieve O'Reilly, Paula Malcomson, and Caitríona Balfe among others. Collectively, Irish nationals and the Irish diaspora have a long track record of securing Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA nominations and wins for acting over the past century. So, the expectations set for the youngest generation are high. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Ireland's record-breaking fourteen nomination run at the 2023 Oscars and ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​"Dóchas mór Gaeilge", ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​the next great Irish hope, an Irish actor and actress poll.​​​

Which of these young actors or actresses is the next "Dóchas mór Gaeilge" (great Irish hope), showing the most promise and the one you think ultimately will have the best acting career?

Discuss the topic here.

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    Jessie Buckley in Wild Rose (2018)

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    Domhnall Gleeson in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

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    Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn (2015)

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    Barry Keoghan in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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    Charlie Murphy in Peaky Blinders

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    Paul Mescal in Aftersun (2022)

    Paul Mescal's Birthdate: 02 February 1996

    Paul Mescal's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Kerry Condon's Birthdate: 04 January 1984

    Kerry Condon's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Jack Reynor in Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

    Jack Reynor's Birthdate: 23 January 1992

    Jack Reynor's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Eve Hewson in Robin Hood (2018)

    Eve Hewson's Birthdate: 07 July 1991

    Eve Hewson's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Aidan Turner in Poldark (2015)

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    Dominique McElligott in The Astronaut Wives Club (2015)

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    Eoin Macken in La Brea (2021)

    Eoin Macken's Birthdate: 21 February 1983

    Eoin Macken's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Saoirse-Monica Jackson in Derry Girls (2018)

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    Jack Gleeson in Game of Thrones (2011)

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    Sarah Bolger in Into the Badlands (2015)

    Sarah Bolger's Birthdate: 28 February 1991

    Sarah Bolger's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Robert Sheehan in The Umbrella Academy (2019)

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    Niamh Algar in The Wonder (2022)

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    Colin Morgan in Merlin (2008)

    Colin Morgan's Birthdate: 01 January 1986

    Colin Morgan's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Evanna Lynch in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

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    Art Parkinson in Game of Thrones (2011)

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    Alisha Weir in Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (2022)

    Alisha Weir's Birthdate: 26 September 2009

    Alisha Weir's Filmography TV & Movies

  22. Vote!

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022)

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    Nicola Coughlan in Bridgerton (2020)

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    Jude Hill in Belfast (2021)

    Jude Hill's Birthdate: 01 August 2010

    Jude Hill's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Seána Kerslake in The Hole in the Ground (2019)

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    Ferdia Walsh-Peelo in CODA (2021)

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    Katie McGrath in Supergirl (2015)

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    Aisling Franciosi in The Nightingale (2018)

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    Amybeth McNulty in Anne with an E (2017)

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    Aisling Bea in This Way Up (2019)

    Aisling Bea's Birthdate: 16 March 1984

    Aisling Bea's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Sarah Greene in Rosie (2018)

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    Ruth Negga in Loving (2016)

    Ruth Negga's Birthdate: 07 January 1982

    Ruth Negga's Filmography TV & Movies

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    Jamie Dornan in The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

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    Laura Donnelly in Outlander (2014)

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    Fiona Glascott in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018)

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    Fiona Glascott's Birthdate: 22 November 1982 (pictured example)

    Fiona Glascott's Filmography TV & Movies

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