Guitarists 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)
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 ...more
Bono is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 58
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 ...more
Eric Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 71
Eric Robin Bell is a Northern Irish rock musician and guitarist, best known as a founder member and the original guitarist of the rock group Thin Lizzy. After his time in the band, he had a ...more
Luan Parle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 35
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 42
Gary Lightbody is a Northern Irish, double Grammy nominee and Ivor Novello Award winning multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the ...more
Anthony Drennan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Anthony Drennan age 62
Anthony Drennan is an Irish guitarist noted for his involvement with The Corrs, Genesis and Mike + the Mechanics among others. Drennan is from a musical family and was born in Luton, England: he ...more
Jim Corr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 54
James Steven Ignatius "Jim" Corr, is an Irish musician, singer and songwriter. He is a member of the Irish folk/rock band The Corrs, the other members being his three younger sisters ...more
Dominic Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 39
Dominic Scott is an Irish guitarist, and the founder of the English rock band Roundstone and a founding member of rock band Keane.
Big Tom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 82
Tom McBride, also known as Big Tom, is an Irish country music singer, guitarist, and saxophone player. Established since 1966, he is currently front man of the Irish showband Big Tom and The ...more
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 55 (1951-2006)
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill was an Irish singer, guitarist, composer, and producer who was a major influence on Irish traditional music in the second half of the twentieth century. ...more
Noel Hogan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 47
Noel Anthony Hogan is the current guitarist and working co-songwriter on some of the recent tracks with The Cranberries. With The Cranberries on hiatus from 2003–2009, Hogan turned to focus on ...more
Glen Hansard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 48
Glen Hansard is an Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist and guitarist for Irish group The Frames, and one half of folk rock duo The Swell Season. He is also known for his acting, having appeared in ...more
Phil Chevron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 56 (1957-2013)
Philip Ryan, professionally known as Philip Chevron, was an Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known as a member of The Pogues. He was regarded as one of the most influential figures in ...more
Ronnie Drew is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Dec. at 74 (1934-2008)
Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Drew was an Irish singer, folk musician and actor who achieved international fame during a fifty-year career recording with The Dubliners. He is most recognised ...more
Declan O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 42
Declan O'Rourke is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland.
Cathy Davey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 40
Cathy Davey is an Irish singer-songwriter. She has released one extended play, "Come Over", and three albums, Something Ilk, Tales of Silversleeve and The Nameless. Her second album ...more
Niall Breslin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 38
Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former Westmeath Gaelic footballer and Leinster Rugby player. Breslin found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with ...more
John Doyle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
age 47
John Doyle is an Irish musician and songwriter. For four years he served as acoustic guitarist with the Irish-American band Solas. He is now an active solo artist. He has written many ...more
Mánus Lunny is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitar Players from Ireland
Manus Lunny is an Irish producer and multi-instrumentalist from County Donegal, Ireland. He is the brother of multi-instrumentalist and producer Dónal Lunny.