Anna Nolan (born 16 October 1970) is an Irish television presenter, producer and former business manager, waitress and Irish international basketball player. She has presented numerous television programmes in Ireland and the UK. She is now a recognisable face in Ireland. When she was young Nolan’s mother noticed that she always ran away when young males visited and never dated boys. She did eventually date two men. She joined a convent, and has fond memories of her time there: “I loved the nuns and the work they did. They were the coolest group of women”. She left after a drunken incident which confirmed for her that “the Catholic church has no place for women really”. One year after leaving the nunnery, Nolan came out. Her mother asked her if she was gay one 1992 Saturday night about midnight when 22-year-old Nolan arrived home from her first night out in a gay bar. Her father was welcoming of her homosexuality, offering to accompany her on nights out if she wished and giving her the following advice, “Anna, never underestimate that there are people out there who hate gays, would like to hurt gay people and will never accept them. You don’t have to mix with them, but they will always be there.” These words returned to her when she was filming for the BBC in Australia and was accosted by “an Australian right-wing homophobe living in Melbourne — a very damaged character”. Nolan confided to her Big Brother “housemates” that she was forced to come out as a lesbian to her parents when her grandma caught Anna and her girlfriend Tania kissing in the park.
The Nolans are an Anglo-Irish girl group consisting of a group of sisters. The group, best known for their song “I’m in the Mood for Dancing”, gained prominence as guest performers on numerous television shows in the United Kingdom. The majority of their charted singles and albums occurred in the early 1980s but they continued to be active until 2005 and were particularly successful in Japan. The sisters have pursued varying solo careers in acting, music and television presenting. In 2009, The Nolans reformed for a one-off concert tour in Ireland and in the UK, spawning an album and DVD.
Christopher Jonathan James Nolan (/ˈnoʊlən/; born 30 July 1970) is a British-American film director, screenwriter, and producer. Known for his unconventional and often highly conceptual narratives, Nolan received serious notice with his art-house crossover Memento (2000), which garnered significant critical praise and numerous awards, including a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the 74th Academy Awards. His works include acclaimed commercial films like The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012), and Inception (2010), as well as smaller films, such as Following (1998), Insomnia (2002), and The Prestige (2006). Nolan co-founded Syncopy Films with his wife, Emma Thomas, and they have produced all his films since The Prestige (2006). He has collaborated with a variety of talents including cinematographer and director Wally Pfister, screenwriters David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, film editor Lee Smith, composers David Julyan and Hans Zimmer, special effects coordinator Chris Corbould, and actors Christian Bale, Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, and Morgan Freeman. In total, his directorial efforts have grossed US$3.5 billion worldwide, and been nominated for 21 Academy Awards. In July 2012, Christopher Nolan was honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Norma Nolan (born Norma Beatriz Nolan, approx. 1938  ), is an Argentine who became, in 1962, the first woman from that country to obtain the Miss Universe title. She won the title in Miami Beach, Florida. Nolan is of Irish and Italian descent. She was born in Argentina.Not much is known about her after winning the Miss Universe title; Nolan kept a largely private life after her victory. According to some websites written by Argentines who lived during the 1960s, however, she became a symbol to the Argentine youth, as Argentina was going through a difficult period, having cut ties with Chile recently, among other things.
Kevin Anthony Jance Nolan (born 24 June 1982) of Irish Parents is an English professional footballer who plays for and is the current club captain of West Ham United in the Premier League. An attacking midfielder, he has represented England at under-21 level. After growing up in Toxteth, Liverpool, Nolan signed for Bolton Wanderers at the age of 16. Part of the team that beat Preston North End in the 2001 Football League Championship play-offs to gain promotion to the Premier League, he soon became a regular first-team player for the club. He scored as Bolton beat Manchester United at Old Trafford in both of his first two seasons in the top tier of English football, as well as important goals that helped Bolton regularly finish in the top half of the Premier League table. Nolan was also a first team regular as Bolton qualified for the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club’s history—where they reached the knockout stages. Following the departure of Jay-Jay Okocha in 2006, Nolan was appointed as the team captain, and he led the team once again to UEFA Cup qualification and, once again, eventual progression to the knockout round of the competition. Following the arrival of Gary Megson as Bolton manager, the team’s and Nolan’s performances were criticised by a section of the club’s fans. This resulted in the midfielder completing a £4 million transfer to Newcastle United in the January 2009 transfer window. He formed part of the team who were relegated to the Football League Championship at the end of the season, making ten appearances as the team finished in 18th position. Nolan’s performances the following season were widely praised, as he scored 18 goals—including the first hat-trick of his career—to help the club gain promotion back to the Premier League as the division’s champions. Following promotion, Nolan was promoted to club captain. In the summer of 2011 Nolan joined West Ham United on a five-year contract, joining up once again with new West Ham boss, Sam Allardyce. He was appointed captain soon after his arrival and led the team to an instant return to the Premier League.
Lieutenant-Colonel John Philip Nolan (1838-1912), of the Galway Nolans, is remembered not so much as a soldier but for his political career, during which he sided with Charles Stewart Parnell at the split of the Irish Parliamentary Party.