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Famous Guitar Players from Ireland

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List of famous guitar players from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos of the guitarists when available. Ireland has produced some great guitar players over the years, including guitarists who specialize in rock, metal, jazz, folk, classical, acoustic and more. These are some of the best Irish guitar players to ever live, so if you're a native of Ireland and play guitar then this list should make you proud. If you're searching for a particular popular guitarist from Ireland then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Guitarists include everything from Jim Corr to Ronnie Drew.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Irish guitarists?" and "Which guitar players are from Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary guitarists of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a guitar player or just love music you can use this list of talented Irish guitar players to find some new artists or bands that you might really enjoy.
Rory Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 47 (1948-1995)

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Ballyshannon, Republic of Ireland

Guitars Played: Gretsch PX6134 Corvette, 1960 Danelectro, coral electric sitar, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster

William Rory Gallagher ( GAL-ə-hər; 2 March 1948 – 14 June 1995) was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and brought up ...more

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 59

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as ...more

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Eric Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 72

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom

Eric Robin Bell (born 3 September 1947 in East Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Northern Irish rock and blues musician, best known as a founder member and the original guitarist of the rock group ...more
Luan Parle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 36

Nationality: Ireland

Luan Parle is an Irish Singer/Songwriter / Producer. 'First Impressions' was Luan Parle’s début album release after signing to Anim Records at the age of 12 following an appearance on The ...more
Gary Lightbody is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 43

Nationality: Northern Ireland

Birthplace: Bangor, United Kingdom

Gareth John Lightbody (born 15 June 1976) is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Northern Ireland, best known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the ...more

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Anthony Drennan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Anthony Drennan Age: 63

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Anthony "Anto" Drennan (born on 1 November 1958 in Luton England) is an Irish guitarist noted for his involvement with the Corrs, Genesis and Mike + the Mechanics among others. Drennan ...more
Jim Corr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 55

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dundalk, Republic of Ireland

James Steven Ignatius "Jim" Corr, (born 31 July 1964) is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. He is a member of the Irish folk/rock band The Corrs, the other members being his ...more
Dominic Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 40

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Dominic Scott (born 15 May 1979) is an Irish guitarist, and the founder of the English rock band Roundstone and a founding member of the pop rock band Keane.
Big Tom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 83

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Castleblayney, Republic of Ireland

Tom McBride (18 September 1936 – 17 April 2018), known as Big Tom, was an Irish country, traditional and easy listening singer, as well as a guitarist, and saxophone player. With a career ...more
Mícheál &O... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 55 (1951-2006)

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Kells, County Meath, Republic of Ireland

Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (Irish pronunciation: [mʲiːçaːɫ oː dˠɔwnˠɨlʲ]; 7 October 1951 – 7 July 2006) was an Irish singer, guitarist, composer, and producer who was a ...more
Noel Hogan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 48

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Birthplace: Moyross

Noel Anthony Hogan (born 25 December 1971) is an Irish musician and record producer best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of the Irish rock band The Cranberries.
Glen Hansard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 49

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin, Ballymun

Glen Hansard (born 21 April 1970) is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for the Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his ...more
Phil Chevron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 56 (1957-2013)

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Philip Ryan (17 June 1957 – 8 October 2013), professionally known as Philip Chevron, was an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist and record producer. He was best known as the lead guitarist for ...more
Ronnie Drew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland

Joseph Ronald Drew (Irish: Ránall Ó Draoi IPA: [ˈɾˠaːnəl̪ˠ oː dɾˠiː]) (16 September 1934 – 16 August 2008) was an Irish singer, folk musician and actor who achieved international ...more
Declan O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 43

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Declan O'Rourke (born 1972) is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.
Cathy Davey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 41

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Catherine "Cathy" Davey (born 1979) is an Irish singer-songwriter. She has released one extended play, "Come Over" (2004), and four albums, Something Ilk (2004), Tales of ...more
Niall Breslin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 39

Nationality: Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Artane, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Niall Breslin (born 22 October 1980), known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster Rugby player. Breslin found success as the lead singer, guitarist ...more
John Doyle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Age: 48

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Usher's Island is an Irish folk group featuring Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle. Their repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs and tunes ...more
Mánus Lunny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Manus Lunny (born 1962) is an Irish producer and multi-instrumentalist from County Donegal, Ireland, best known as a member of Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. He is the brother of ...more