ByMatt Walz, writer at
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Matt Walz

Superheroes come from all over the planet. But today, St. Patrick's Day, is a celebration of Irish culture. What better day to list the top five Irish superheroes?

5. Banshee

An Irish native and mutant, Sean Cassidy uses his sonic scream to aid the X-Men! He takes his name from the ghoulish women of Irish folklore known for their piercing wails. He was part of the second group of X-Men recruits, along with Colossus, Nightcrawler, Storm, Thunderbird, and Wolverine.

4. Siryn

While Banshee was busy working for Interpol, his wife, Maeve, gave birth to a daughter, Theresa. Maeve died due to an Irish Republican Army bombing, but Theresa was secretly raised by Sean's criminal cousin, Black Tom. She inherited her father's powers, and eventually escaped Tom's influence and reunited with her father as a member of the X-Men.

3. Green Lantern

Kyle Rayner was born to a Hispanic father and Irish mother. His mother, Maura, instilled pride in his Irish heritage, and even taught him some Gaelic. Kyle is widely known as the most creative Green Lantern, thanks to his mother's support of his interest in art.

2. Captain America

The most American hero in comics is also one of the most Irish. The son of poor Irish immigrants in New York City, Steve Rogers grew up with a strong set of values and a will to fight for those who couldn't fight for themselves. Though his father died when he was only six, his mother raised him to become the best man he could be-and perhaps the best man anyone could be.

1. Daredevil

Matt Murdock is Irish to the core-red hair, fighting spirit, and Catholic guilt. His faith, instilled by his father Jack, is a huge part of his life, and his mother eventually became a Catholic nun. The values he learned as a child stuck with him throughout his entire life, and he chose the biggest villain he knew as the inspiration for his vigilante alter ego: the Devil.


Who's your favorite Irish hero?


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