Introduction
This section introduces the music of Irish composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is intended as a good starting point for anyone not familiar with Irish contemporary music.

Each composer's page provides a photo, a biography, work lists and other information. You can also order CDs and scores by each composer, or find useful articles and other background reading.

If you are searching for repertoire for specific instrumental forces, you should use the 'Search the library' facility on the main menu bar at the top of the page.

An Irish composer is defined as anyone who was born or is permanently resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Some pre-twentieth century Irish composers are included in our listings where information on them is otherwise hard to come by.

Composers

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Featured today:
Walter Beckett Melanie Brown Ben Hanlon Hormoz Farhat left to right
 Walter Beckett
 Melanie Brown
 Ben Hanlon
 Hormoz Farhat
Ronan Guilfoyle Andrew Hamilton Victor Lazzarini Simon Mawhinney left to right
 Ronan Guilfoyle
 Andrew Hamilton
 Victor Lazzarini
 Simon Mawhinney
Kevin O’Connell Adele O’Dwyer Jürgen Simpson Fiachra Trench left to right
 Kevin O’Connell
 Adele O’Dwyer
 Jürgen Simpson
 Fiachra Trench
Complete list:

a
Agnew, Elaine
(b. 1967)
Alcorn, Michael
(b. 1962)
Allawerdi, Farid
(1927-2007)
Armstrong, June
(b. 1951)

b
Balfe, Michael William
(1808-1870)
Ball, Derek
(b. 1949)
Ball, Michael
(b. 1946)
Barber, Alyson
(b. 1983)
Barker, Sam
(b. 1981)
Barry, Gerald
(b. 1952)
Bates, Enda
(b. 1979)
Beckett, Brian
(b. 1950)
Beckett, Walter
(1914-1996)
Bell, Derek F.
(1935-2002)
Benedict, Julius
(1804-1885)
Bennett, Ed
(b. 1975)
Bodley, Seóirse
(b. 1933)
Bowles, Michael
(1909-1998)
Boydell, Brian
(1917-2000)
Boyle, Hugh Martin
(b. 1984)
Boyle, Ina
(1889-1967)
Bremner, David
(b. 1977)
Brennan, John Wolf
(b. 1954)
Bridges, Brian
(b. 1977)
Brown, Melanie
(b. 1971)
Buckley, Irene
(b. 1978)
Buckley, John
(b. 1951)
Buckley, Linda
(b. 1979)
Burns, Neil
(b. 1984)
Byers, David
(b. 1947)

c
Caffrey, Greg
(b. 1963)
Campbell, Bill
(b. 1961)
Canning, Rob
(b. 1974)
Carlile, Solfa
(b. 1985)
Carroll, Fergal
(b. 1969)
Carroll, Roy
(b. 1974)
Cassidy, Patrick
(b. 1956)
Clancy, Seán
(b. 1984)
Clarke, Rhona
(b. 1958)
Cleare, Ann
(b. 1983)
Cleary, Siobhán
(b. 1970)
Climent, Angel
(b. 1942)
Climent, Ricardo
(b. 1965)
Coghill, Rhoda
(1903-2000)
Collier, David
(b. 1987)
Comac, Bernadette
(b. 1960)
Connolly, Patrick
(b. 1987)
Coonan, David
(b. 1987)
Corcoran, Frank
(b. 1944)
Cox, David Harold
(b. 1945)
Crawford Collins, Dominic
(b. 1963)
Cullivan, Tom
(b. 1939)

d
Davey, Shaun
(b. 1948)
Davidson Ford, Grant
(b. 1966)
de Barra, Séamas
(b. 1955)
de Bromhead, Jerome
(b. 1945)
Deale, Edgar M.
(1902-1999)
Deane, Raymond
(b. 1953)
Delap, Gordon
(b. 1979)
Dennehy, Donnacha
(b. 1970)
Diebold, Robert A.
(1924-2013)
Doherty, Michael
(b. 1983)
Doherty, Seán
(b. 1987)
Doran, Christy
(b. 1949)
Dowling, Alex
(b. 1987)
Dowling, Fergal
(b. 1965)
Doyle, Roger
(b. 1949)
Duff, Arthur
(1899-1956)
Dwyer, Benjamin
(b. 1965)

e
Egan, Eric Skytterholm
(b. 1983)
Esposito, Michele
(1855-1929)

f
Farhat, Hormoz
(b. 1929)
Farrell, Ciaran
(b. 1969)
Farrell, Eibhlis
(b. 1953)
Feery, Amanda
(b. 1984)
Fennessy, David
(b. 1976)
Ferguson, Howard
(1908-1999)
Finegan, Sinéad
(b. 1987)
Fleischmann, Aloys
(1910-1992)
Flood, Philip
(b. 1964)
Flynn, Dave
(b. 1977)
Flynn, Paul
(b. 1977)
Friel, Redmond
(1907-1979)

g
Gardner, Stephen
(b. 1958)
Geary, Bernard
(b. 1934)
Gibson, John
(b. 1951)
Godfrey, John
(b. 1962)
Gribbin, Deirdre
(b. 1967)
Groocock, Joseph
(1913-1997)
Guilfoyle, Ronan
(b. 1958)
Gunn, Douglas
(b. 1935)
Guy, Barry
(b. 1947)

h
Hagan, Kerry
(b. 1974)
Hamilton, Andrew
(b. 1977)
Hammond, Philip
(b. 1951)
Hanlon, Ben
(b. 1952)
Harbison, Janet
(b. 1955)
Hardebeck, Carl
(1869-1945)
Harron, Damien
(b. 1971)
Hart, Adrian
(b. 1980)
Harty, Hamilton
(1879-1941)
Hayes, Paul
(b. 1951)
Heery, Francis
(b. 1980)
Hellawell, Piers
(b. 1956)
Higgs, George
(b. 1968)
Hoban, Piaras
(b. 1986)
Holohan, Michael
(b. 1956)
Holstead, Rachel
(b. 1978)
Hope, Ciaran
(b. 1974)
Hughes, Herbert
(1882-1937)
Hurley, Donal
(b. 1950)
Hynes, Oliver
(b. 1946)

i
Ingoldsby, Marian
(b. 1965)
Irvine, Brian
(b. 1965)

j
Jacobson, Daniel
(b. 1979)
Johnston, Fergus
(b. 1959)

k
Kelly, Derek Anthony
(b. 1971)
Kelly, Mary
(b. 1957)
Kelly, T. C.
(1917-1985)
Kennedy, Vincent
(b. 1962)
Kilty, Laura
(b. 1981)
Kinsella, John
(b. 1932)
Kirby, Jenn
(b. 1987)
Knight, Trevor
(b. 1954)

l
Lamb, Robert
(b. 1931)
Langan, Mick
(b. 1971)
Larchet, John F.
(1884-1967)
Lazzarini, Victor
(b. 1969)
Ledwidge Flynn, Brian
(b. 1977)
Linnane, Fiona
(b. 1978)
Lyons, Frank
(b. 1964)

m
Mannion, Ruaidhri
(b. 1985)
Marmion, Bernadette
(b. 1938)
Martin, Philip
(b. 1947)
Mawby, Colin
(b. 1936)
Mawhinney, Simon
(b. 1976)
May, Frederick
(1911-1985)
McAuliffe, Mary
(b. 1947)
McCormack, Patrick
(b. 1934)
McCreesh, Eunan
(b. 1964)
McGuire, Paul
(b. 1988)
McKay, Deirdre
(b. 1972)
McLachlan, John
(b. 1964)
McLaughlin, Scott
(b. 1975)
McNulty, Daniel
(1920-1996)
Melvin, Adam
(b. 1977)
Merivale, Finola
(b. 1987)
Mills, Alan
(b. 1964)
Moeran, E. J.
(1894-1950)
Molloy, Ryan
(b. 1983)
Moran, Peter
(b. 1981)
Morris, David
(b. 1948)
Mulvany, Eoin
(b. 1978)
Mulvey, Gráinne
(b. 1966)
Murphy, Gerry
(b. 1947)
Murray, Anna
(b. 1987)

n
Nangle, Jonathan
(b. 1981)
Nelson, Havelock
(1917-1996)
Ní Dhubhghaill, Caitríona
(b. 1975)
Ní Ríain, Ailís
(b. 1974)
Norby, Christopher
(b. 1983)

o
Ó Cearbhaill, Fiontán
(1922-1981)
Ó Duinn, Proinnsías
(b. 1941)
Ó Gallchobhair, Éamonn
(1900-1982)
Ó Riada, Seán
(1931-1971)
Ó Súilleabháin, Mícheál
(b. 1950)
O’Brien, Vincent
(1871-1948)
O’Byrne, Breffni
(b. 1988)
O’Connell, Kevin
(b. 1958)
O’Connor, Neil
(b. 1979)
O’Connor, Simon
(b. 1975)
O’Dwyer, Adele
(b. 1959)
O’Farrell, Anne-Marie
(b. 1966)
O’Halloran, Emma
(b. 1985)
O’Halloran, Sarah
(b. 1983)
O’Keeffe, Eoin
(b. 1979)
O’Leary, Jane
(b. 1946)
O’Leary, Martin
(b. 1963)

p
Palmer, Geoffrey Molyneux
(1882-1957)
Parke, Dorothy
(1904-1990)
Parker, Brent
(b. 1933)
Parker, C. S. L.
(b. 1961)
Peacock, Sid
(b. 1970)
Pearce, Colman
(b. 1938)
Perkin, Sam
(b. 1985)
Potter, A. J.
(1918-1980)
Power, Gerard
(b. 1965)
Power, Karen
(b. 1977)
Purcell, Andrew
(b. 1970)

q

Quigley, Bryan
(b. 1977)

r
Rigaki, Evangelia
(b. 1980)
Ring, Judith
(b. 1976)
Ronneau, Jesse
(b. 1974)
Rosser, Peter
(b. 1970)
Roth, Nick
(b. 1982)
Rowan, Matthew
(b. 1979)
Rynhart, Dylan
(b. 1981)

s
Sarsfield, Donal
(b. 1980)
Schlepper-Connolly, Benedict
(b. 1985)
Sholdice, Garrett
(b. 1983)
Simpson, Jürgen
(b. 1975)
Softday,

Stalling, David
(b. 1971)
Stanford, Charles Villiers
(1852-1924)
Sweeney, Eric
(b. 1948)
Synnott, Andrew
(b. 1970)

t
Townsend, Declan
(b. 1938)
Townsend, Peadar
(b. 1974)
Trench, Fiachra
(b. 1941)
Trimble, Joan
(1915-2000)

u

v
Victory, Gerard
(1921-1995)
Volans, Kevin
(b. 1949)

w
Wallace, William Vincent
(1812-1865)
Walsh, Norah Constance
(b. 1973)
Walshe, Jennifer
(b. 1974)
Whelan, Bill
(b. 1950)
White, Ian
(b. 1955)
Whiteside, Matthew
(b. 1988)
Whyms, Kevin
(b. 1971)
Williams, Gareth
(b. 1977)
Wilson, Ian
(b. 1964)
Wilson, James
(1922-2005)
Wilson, Paul
(b. 1974)
Wood, Charles
(1866-1926)
Wyers, Dennis
(b. 1982)

x

y

z
Zuk, Patrick
(b. 1968)
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