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:
Ina Boyle David Byers Tom Cullivan Benjamin Dwyer left to right
 Ina Boyle
 David Byers
 Tom Cullivan
 Benjamin Dwyer
Philip Flood Paul Hayes Rachel Holstead T. C. Kelly left to right
 Philip Flood
 Paul Hayes
 Rachel Holstead
 T. C. Kelly
Seán Ó Riada Anne-Marie O’Farrell Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer Kevin Volans left to right
 Seán Ó Riada
 Anne-Marie O’Farrell
 Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer
 Kevin Volans
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, 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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