Famous Irish Lyricists & Songwriters

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Bono
(Lead Vocalist and Primary Lyricist of The Rock Band 'U2')
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Birthdate: May 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
U2 frontman Bono he has earned more than 20 Grammys and has been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the band. An avid philanthropist, he has also been associated with projects such as the ONE Campaign and Product Red, to aid countries such as Africa.
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Niall Horan
(Irish Singer-Songwriter - A Member of the English-Irish Boy Band 'One Direction')
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Birthdate: September 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mullingar, Ireland
Niall Horan performed as part of the boyband One Direction, formed on The X Factor, till it went on a hiatus. He then launched his solo career with the album Flicker and hits such as This Town. He has marched for the BLM movement and has supported UNICEF's Soccer Aid.
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Sinead O’Connor
(Irish Singer & Songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glenageary, Ireland

Sinead O’Connor is an Irish singer and songwriter known for her controversial statements as much as for her work as a musician. Apart from releasing solo albums and singles, she has also collaborated with other artists and recorded songs for films. She often makes headlines for expressing views on subjects, such as women's rights, child abuse, sexuality, and organized religion.

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 4 
Hozier
(Irish Singer-Songwriter)
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Birthdate: March 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland
Irish blues/rock singer Hozier is best known for his track Take Me to Church, which became a Billboard Hot 100-charter and rocked the charts of several other countries apart from Ireland, such as Belgium and Canada. His songs exhibit religious imagery. He was previously part of the choral group Anúna.
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Bob Geldof
(Lead Singer of The Irish Rock Band 'The Boomtown Rats')
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Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Irish singer Bob Geldof gained fame as part of the rock band Boomtown Rats, which delivered hits such as Rat Trap. He formed the charity supergroup Band Aid and organized concerts to eradicate poverty in Africa. He also appeared as Pink in the movie Pink Floyd – The Wall.
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Phil Lynott
(Lead Vocalist of the Irish Hard Rock Band 'Thin Lizzy')
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Birthdate: August 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Bromwich, Staffordshire, England
Died: January 4, 1986
Phil Lynott was the frontman of the rock band Thin Lizzy, which delivered hits such as Whiskey in the Jar and Jailbreak. After the group disbanded, Phil had a successful solo career, published two poetry books, and led the band Grand Slam. He struggled with heroin addiction throughout his life.
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Dolores O’Riordan
(Best Known as the Lead Singer of Alternative-Rock Band 'The Cranberries')
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Birthdate: September 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: County Limerick, Ireland

One of the best-known faces of Irish alternative rock, Dolores O’Riordan headed the band The Cranberries. Known for her international chartbusters such as Zombie, she later slipped into depression and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She died of accidental drowning due to intoxication at age 46 and was posthumously nominated for a Grammy.

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Shane MacGowan
(Lead Singer and Songwriter of Celtic Punk Band 'The Pogues')
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Birthdate: December 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pembury, Kent, England

Shane MacGowan is an Irish-English recording artist and vocalist. He is credited with co-founding popular bands, such as The Pogues and Shane MacGowan and the Popes. He is also known for his collaboration with artists like Sinéad O'Connor, Kirsty MacColl, and Nick Cave. In 2018, he was honored with the Ivor Novello Inspiration Award for creating inspiring music. 

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Brian McFadden
(Original Member of the Boy Band 'Westlife' From 1998-2004)
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Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Artane, Dublin, Ireland

Once the face of Irish boy band Westlife, Brian McFadden later went solo. Starting his career with live pop-RnB gigs in Dublin clubs, he later mastered soft rock, too. He was a judge on Australia's Got Talent and also participated in shows such as Dancing on Ice and The Jump.

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The Edge
(Lead Guitarist and Keyboardist of the Rock Band 'U2')
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Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barking, London, England

David Howell Evans, better known as The Edge, is a musician and songwriter. He first gained fame as the keyboardist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist of the rock band U2. He is known for his signature style of guitar playing. Besides music, he is an advocate for human rights and is involved in numerous philanthropic endeavors. 

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Siobhan Fahey
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Birthdate: September 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Irish singer and musician Siobhan Fahey is best known as a founding member of the British/Irish girl group Bananarama. As part of the group, she delivered several top 10 hits. Later, she formed the musical act, Shakespears Sister, which went on to win an Ivor Novello Award. In her 60s now, she continues to be active in the music scene.

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Stephen Gately
(Irish Singer-Songwriter & Co-Lead Singer of the Pop Group 'Boyzone')
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Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 10, 2009

Irish singer Stephen Gately, who soared to fame in the 1990s with the globally popular band Boyzone, was born to working-class parents in Dublin. He later revealed he was gay, when a friend black-mailed he would reveal Gately’s sexuality. He died of a heart condition at age 33.

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Andrea Corr
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: May 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Andrea Corr is an Irish singer, musician, songwriter, actress, and author. She is part of the popular Celtic pop-rock and folk-rock group The Corrs, where she plays the ukulele, piano, and tin whistle apart from being the lead singer. Also a humanitarian, Andrea Corr takes part in several charitable activities to raise money for various causes.

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Dermot Kennedy
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Best known for his chartbusting singles such as Lost and Outnumbered, Irish singer Dermot Kennedy started his career with open mic shows in Dublin. Starting to play the guitar at age 10, he later studied classical music. He first major album, Without Fear, topped the UK charts.

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Danny O Donoghue
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Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
The Script frontman Danny O Donoghue shocked his fans when revealed his struggle with the blood disorder Wilson’s disease and how he needs to pop pills daily to survive. The Irish singer is also a fan of Muay Thai, a martial art that has helped him overcome his depression.
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Gilbert O'Sullivan
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: December 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
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Roisin Murphy
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arklow, Ireland
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Una Healy
(Pop Singer Best Known as a Member of Five-Piece Girl Group 'The Saturdays')
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Birthdate: October 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

Una Healy initially rose to fame as part of the 5-member girl group The Saturdays. The Irish singer is the niece of country music star Declan Nerney. A talented swimmer, she gave up the sport at 13 to switch to music. She has also scored solo hits such as Stay My Love.  

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Imelda May
(Singer Known for Her Musical Style of Rockabilly Revival)
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Birthdate: July 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Irish singer Imelda May, who has released chart-topping albums such as Love Tattoo, is also a talented multi-instrumentalist, well-versed in a wide range of instruments such as the guitar, the bodhrán, the tambourine. She also became a published poet with her volume A Lick and a Promise.

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Kian Egan
(Irish Pop Singer Who Rose to Fame as a Member of the Boy Band 'Westlife')
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Birthdate: April 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

Irish pop singer Kian Egan soared to fame as a member of the boy band Westlife. A skilled pianist, he is well-versed in other instruments, too. He has also coached contestants on The Voice of Ireland and was a regular presenter on This Morning's Hub. He is married to actor/singer Jodi Albert.

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Nicky Byrne
(Irish Singer-Songwriter and Television Presenter Best Known for Being a Member of the Pop Group 'Westlife')
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Birthdate: October 9, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Once part of the popular Irish boy band Westlife, Nicky Byrne was initially a professional football player who was part of the Republic of Ireland junior team and the FA Youth Cup-winning team of Leeds United. He later also participated in shows such as Strictly Come Dancing.

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Daniel O'Donnell
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Birthdate: December 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kincasslagh, Ireland
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Damien Rice
(Singer)
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Birthdate: December 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Celbridge, Ireland
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Sharon Corr
(Singer)
Sharon Corr
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Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Best known as part of the Irish family band The Corrs, singer Sharon Corr is equally talented in instruments such as the violin and the guitar. Born to musician parents, she began playing for orchestras as a child. She opened up about her social anxiety disorder through her solo album.

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Lisa Hannigan
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: February 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kilcloon, County Meath, Ireland
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Christy Moore
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Birthdate: May 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newbridge
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Janet Devlin
(Singer)
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Birthdate: November 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gortin, Northern Ireland
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Keith Duffy
(Pop Rock Singer, Drummer and Actor Best Known as the Former Member of the Irish Boy Band 'Boyzone’)
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Birthdate: October 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Donaghmede, Dublin, Ireland

Keith Duffy is an Irish singer-songwriter, drummer, television and radio presenter, and actor. He is best known for his association with the now-defunct Irish boy band, Boyzone. Apart from being a celebrity, Keith Duffy has also been an awareness campaigner for autism. He also organizes fundraising events to benefit a charity organization called Irish Autism Action.

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Eden
(Singer, Songwriter, Record producer)
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Birthdate: December 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Chloe Agnew
(Singer)
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Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Knocklyon, County Dublin, Ireland
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Noel Hogan
(Musician)
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Birthdate: December 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moyross, Limerick, Ireland
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Moya Brennan
(Singer)
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Birthdate: August 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Edele Lynch
(Singer-songwriter)
Edele Lynch
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Birthdate: December 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Once the face of the Irish pop group B*Witched, Edele Lynch also won Celebrity Apprentice Ireland in 2013. She reportedly lost all her investments in property and disappeared during the Celtic Tiger recession. She now lives in Manchester with her 3 children that she had with her former husband.

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Ryan O'Shaughnessy
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: September 27, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Skerries, Ireland
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Dave King
(Singer)
Dave King
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Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
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Rea Garvey
(Singer)
Rea Garvey
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Birthdate: May 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
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Denise Chaila
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Birthplace: Chikankata, Zambia
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Michael Graham
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Birthdate: August 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
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Éabha McMahon
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Birthdate: December 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Rejjie Snow
(Rapper and songwriter)
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Birthdate: June 27, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
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Birthdate: January 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Donnybrook, Ireland
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Keavy Lynch
(Singer)
Keavy Lynch
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Birthdate: December 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Howard Leese
(Guitarist)
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Birthdate: June 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
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Gavin James
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: July 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Niall Breslin
(Musician)
Niall Breslin
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Birthdate: October 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Artane, Dublin, Ireland

Apart from being a talented musician, associated with the pop band The Blizzards, Niall Breslin has also been a rugby player, a Gaelic footballer, and an award-winning author. He is one of Ireland’s best-known mental health advocates, too, with his own mental-health podcasts, and owns the charity A Lust For Life.

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Lisa Lambe
(Singer)
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Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Bernie Tormé
(Guitarist)
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Birthdate: March 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 17, 2019
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Robin McAuley
(Musician)
Robin McAuley
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Birthdate: January 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Meath, Ireland
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Gavin Friday
(Singer-songwriter)
Gavin Friday
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Birthdate: October 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Damien Dempsey
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Donaghmede, Dublin, Ireland