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List famous Republic of Irish bands and solo musicians, listed by popularity with photos when available. These popular bands from Republic of Ireland come from a number of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk and acoustic. These might not necessarily be the best Republic of Irish bands, but this list contains a majority of the greatest bands from Republic of Ireland. Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Republic of Irish musicians to discover some great new bands and artists.

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This list answers the questions, "Which bands are from Republic of Ireland?" and "Which bands are popular in Republic of Ireland?"
Bono is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Bono


Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive ...more

Genres (Music): Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

Albums: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects, Volume 4, The Complete Solo Projects, + more

Nationality: Ireland

Career Began: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#37 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#74 on The Best Singers of All Time

#45 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#15 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

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Rory Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues-rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and raised in Cork, Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. He was a talented guitarist ...more

Genres (Music): Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Folk music, + more

Albums: Deuce, Jinx, Tattoo, Rory Gallagher, Top Priority, + more

Nationality: Ireland

Labels: Buddah Records, Castle Communications, Chrysalis Records, Polydor Records

Career Began: Cork, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#57 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

#93 on Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were The Most Untimely

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Enya


Enya is an Irish singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to perform solo. She gained wider recognition for her music in the 1986 BBC series The Celts. Shortly afterwards, her 1988 album Watermark ...more

Genres (Music): New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music, Ethereal wave, Trance music, + more

Albums: Watermark, Paint the Sky With Stars, The Christmas EP, A Day Without Rain, Sounds of the Season: The Enya Holiday Collection, + more

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Geffen Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records

Career Began: Gweedore, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#40 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#44 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

#38 on The Most Iconic Celebrity First Names

#42 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Andrea Corr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Andrea Jane Corr MBE is an Irish musician, songwriter, and actress. Corr debuted in 1990 as the lead singer of the Celtic folk rock and pop rock group The Corrs along with her three elder siblings Caroline, Sharon, and Jim. Aside from singing lead vocals Corr plays the tin whistle and the ...more

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music, Pop

Albums: Ten Feet High, Lifelines, Shame on You (To Keep My Love From Me)

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Lava Records, 143 Records

Career Began: Dundalk, Republic of Ireland

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