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:
Linda Buckley Gordon Delap Christy Doran George Higgs left to right
 Linda Buckley
 Gordon Delap
 Christy Doran
 George Higgs
Mick Langan Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill  Softday Ciaran Farrell left to right
 Mick Langan
 Caitríona Ní Dhubhghaill
  Softday
 Ciaran Farrell
Nick Roth Peter Moran David Stalling Jonathan Nangle left to right
 Nick Roth
 Peter Moran
 David Stalling
 Jonathan Nangle
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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