9. George Bernard Shaw, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West
Irish playwright, critic and political activist George Bernard Shaw’s influence on theatre, culture and politics continues to this day and, for many, his genius has been regarded as akin to that of William Shakespeare. Shaw, who held both Irish and British citizenship, wrote more than 60 plays throughout his life and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Later, in 1938, he provided the screenplay for a filmed version of his classic play Pygmalion, for which he received an Academy Award. Respected Irish actor Stephen Brennan narrates a script penned by Father Ted co-writer Arthur Mathews.