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:
Derek Ball Gerald Barry Raymond Deane Marian Ingoldsby left to right
 Derek Ball
 Gerald Barry
 Raymond Deane
 Marian Ingoldsby
Brian Irvine Fergus Johnston John Kinsella John F. Larchet left to right
 Brian Irvine
 Fergus Johnston
 John Kinsella
 John F. Larchet
Havelock Nelson Ailís Ní Ríain Proinnsías Ó Duinn Norah Constance Walsh left to right
 Havelock Nelson
 Ailís Ní Ríain
 Proinnsías Ó Duinn
 Norah Constance Walsh
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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, Eibhlís
(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, Liam
(b. 1949)
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, Neil
(b. 1962)
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)
McHugh, Ben
(b. 1989)
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
(1970-2014)
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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