Famous Irish Lyricists & Songwriters

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Gilbert O'Sullivan
(Singer-songwriter)
Gilbert O'Sullivan
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Birthdate: December 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
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Dermot Kennedy
(Singer-songwriter)
Dermot Kennedy
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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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 4 
Daniel O'Donnell
(Singer)
Daniel O'Donnell
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Birthdate: December 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kincasslagh, Ireland
 5 
Rea Garvey
(Irish Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter)
Rea Garvey
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Birthdate: May 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland
 6 
Janet Devlin
(Singer)
Janet Devlin
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Birthdate: November 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gortin, Northern Ireland
 7 
Chloe Agnew
(Singer)
Chloe Agnew
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Birthdate: June 9, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Knocklyon, County Dublin, Ireland
 8 
Gavin James
(Singer-songwriter)
Gavin James
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Birthdate: July 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 9 
Michael Graham
(Actor)
Michael Graham
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Birthdate: August 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raheny, Dublin, Ireland
 10 
Dónal Lunny
(Musician)
Dónal Lunny
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Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tullamore, Ireland
 11 
Howard Leese
(American Guitarist, Musical Director, and Record Producer)
Howard Leese
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Birthdate: June 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
 12 
Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
(Singer)
Méav Ní Mhaolchatha
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Birthdate: January 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Donnybrook, Ireland
 13 
Bernie Tormé
(Irish Singer, Songwriter, Rock Guitarist, and Recording Studio Owner)
Bernie Tormé
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Birthdate: March 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 17, 2019
 14 
Justin Sane
(Musician)
Justin Sane
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Birthdate: February 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 15 
Éabha McMahon
(Singer)
Éabha McMahon
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Birthdate: December 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 16 
Luka Bloom
(Singer-songwriter)
Luka Bloom
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Birthdate: May 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newbridge, Ireland
 17 
Liam Ó Maonlaí
(Musician)
Liam Ó Maonlaí
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Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland
 18 
Roma Ryan
(Writer)
Roma Ryan
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Birthdate: January 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
 19 
Andy Irvine
(Musician who is a founding member of Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik, LAPD and Usher's Island)
Andy Irvine
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Birthdate: June 14, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
 20 
Gavin Friday
(Singer-songwriter)
Gavin Friday
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Birthdate: October 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 21 
Damien Dempsey
(Irish Folk Singer and Songwriter)
Damien Dempsey
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Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Donaghmede, Dublin, Ireland
 22 
Brendan Graham
(Songwriter)
Brendan Graham
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland
 23 
Percy French
(Songwriter)
Percy French
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Birthdate: May 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Roscommon, Ireland
Died: January 24, 1920
 24 
Dominic Behan
(Writer)
Dominic Behan
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Birthdate: October 22, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 3, 1989
 25 
Lisa Lambe
(Irish Singer, Actress and Songwriter)
Lisa Lambe
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Birthdate: August 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 26 
Órla Fallon
(Singer)
Órla Fallon
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Birthdate: August 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Knockananna, Ireland
 27 
Robin McAuley
(Musician)
Robin McAuley
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Birthdate: January 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Meath, Ireland
 28 
Orla Gartland
(Irish Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist)
Orla Gartland
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Birthdate: February 3, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 29 
Lynn Hilary
(Irish Singer and Guitarist Who Has Performed for Celtic Woman)
Lynn Hilary
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Birthdate: April 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 30 
Lesley Roy
(Singer-songwriter)
Lesley Roy
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Birthdate: September 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 31 
Dickie Rock
(Irish Veteran Pop Singer Who Was Most Popular During the 1960s)
Dickie Rock
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Birthdate: September 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Ireland

Irish singer Dickie Rock soared to fame with his chartbusting hits for the Miami Showband. He also contested for Ireland on Eurovision. He mesmerized Irish listeners with his deep tenor voice and his hits such as There’s Always Me. He later revealed that his hearing difficulties had made him retire from music.

 32 
Laura Izibor
(Singer–songwriter)
Laura Izibor
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Birthdate: May 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 33 
Cathy Davey
(Singer-songwriter)
Cathy Davey
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 34 
Eleanor McEvoy
(Singer)
Eleanor McEvoy
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Birthdate: January 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 35 
Philip Chevron
(Irish Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, and Guitarist)
Philip Chevron
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Birthdate: June 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 8, 2013
 36 
Damien Leith
(Singer-songwriter)
Damien Leith
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Birthdate: January 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Damien Leith is an Irish-Australian singer and songwriter who achieved popularity after winning the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006. Since winning the title, he has received one gold and seven platinum certifications by ARIA for his singles and albums. In 2007, Damien Leith received two nominations at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards.

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Pete St. John
(Irish Singer and Songwriter)
Pete St. John
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 38 
Gemma Hayes
(Musician)
Gemma Hayes
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Birthdate: August 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ballyporeen, Tipperary, Ireland
 39 
Mary Coughlan
(Singer)
Mary Coughlan
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Birthdate: May 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland
 40 
Nahum Tate
(Poet)
Nahum Tate
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Birthdate: 1652 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 30, 1715
 41 
Tony Lundon
(Singer)
Tony Lundon
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Birthdate: April 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland

Best known as part of the British-Irish pop group Liberty X, Tony Lundon has also hosted the quiz show TOAST. While he failed to make it to the winning group of the show Popstars, he and the other runners-up ended up forming Liberty. He later performed solo and launched a production company too.

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Joe Lynch
(Actor)
Joe Lynch
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Birthdate: July 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mallow, Ireland
Died: August 1, 2001
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Christopher Simpson
(Actor)
Christopher Simpson
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Ronan Harris
(Record producer)
Ronan Harris
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Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 45 
Mundy
(Singer-songwriter)
Mundy
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Birthdate: May 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birr, County Offaly, Ireland
 46 
Wallis Bird
(Musician)
Wallis Bird
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Birthdate: January 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enniscorthy, Ireland
 47 
Tara Lee
(Actress)
Tara Lee
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Birthdate: November 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
 48 
Declan O'Rourke
(Singer-songwriter)
Declan O'Rourke
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Birthdate: April 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Hazel Kaneswaran
(Irish Singer-Songwriter)
Hazel Kaneswaran
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Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Blanchardstown, Ireland

Born to a Sri Lankan father from Singapore and an Irish mother, Hazel Kaneswaran started her career as the lead vocalist of Dove but was disqualified from the reality show Popstars: The Rivals for an age barrier. She later became a TV judge and presenter and has also been associated with charitable activities.

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Derek Warfield
(Irish Historian, Singer, and Songwriter)
Derek Warfield
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Birthdate: September 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Derek Warfield is an Irish historian, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his association with the popular Irish rebel music band The Wolfe Tones, where he performed as a singer-songwriter from 1964 to 2001. Derek Warfield wrote and recorded more than 60 songs for the band.