Family moved to US when Ireland was a child; grew up in Harlem
Branded a deliquent and was sent to reform schools and summer camps
Won Canadian swimming Marathon
Performed underwater stunts and worked as a barker at the Aqua Carnival
Apprenticed at Robin Hood, Arden, Delaware
Toured with the Shakespearean Repertory Company
Toured with the Irish Repertory Players and Clare Tree Major's Children Theatre
Broadway stage debut as the First Murderer in "Macbeth"; production starred Maurice Evans and Judith Anderson
Appeared on Broadway in "Counter Attack", "Doctors Disagree" and "A New Life"
Signed by Fox, briefly under personal contract to Howard Hawks
Film debut in "A Walk in the Sun"
TV debut in "Confession" on Philco Playhouse
Co-founded Primrose Productions
Sued two television producers for breach of contract and slander; accused them of reneging on starring him in the Ellery Queen series during the McCarthy period; Ireland accepted substantial cash settlement
First film as co-director and co-producer (with Lee Garmes), "Outlaw Territory/Hannah Lee"
Formed Gamin Productions
First TV series as regular, "The Cheaters"
Played Jed Colby on TV series, "Rawhide"
Opened Ireland's Restaurant in Santa Barbara CA
Played Lyman "Shack" Shackelford on "Cassie & Company"
Paid $2,000 for an ad in "Variety" that read, "I'm an actor. PLEASE let me work"; ad netted him a role as Jonathan Cartwright, the younger brother of Ben Cartwright in TV movie, "Bonanza: The Next Generation" (1988)