Who Are The National Heroes of Ireland?
A list of National Heroes must begin with St. Patrick (c.385–461), who, though not born in Ireland, represents Ireland to the rest of the world. Among the “saints and scholars” of the 6th to the 8th centuries was St. Columba (521–97), missionary to Scotland; St.
Columban (540?–616), who founded monasteries in France and Italy; and Johannes Scotus Erigena (810?–80), a major Neoplatonic philosopher. National heroes of the 17th century; and Henry Grattan (1746–1820), Wolf Tone (1763–98), Edward Fitzgerald (1763–98).