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:
Frank Corcoran Séamas de Barra Edgar M. Deale Donnacha Dennehy left to right
 Frank Corcoran
 Séamas de Barra
 Edgar M. Deale
 Donnacha Dennehy
Deirdre Gribbin Donal Hurley Alan Mills Benedict Schlepper-Connolly left to right
 Deirdre Gribbin
 Donal Hurley
 Alan Mills
 Benedict Schlepper-Connolly
Brent Parker A. J. Potter Declan Townsend Joan Trimble left to right
 Brent Parker
 A. J. Potter
 Declan Townsend
 Joan Trimble
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)
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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