1. Bono/U2: All members of this famed rock group grew up in Dublin, and met while attending the same school. The band, established in 1976, has since released 17 albums, 67 singles, and 15 tours. They joined the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Some of their biggest hits include “Beautiful Day” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
2. Sinead O’Connor: O’Connor first achieved international fame with her cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U” by Prince. The single topped charts in Ireland, Australia, much of Europe, and the United States. Sinead then landed in controversial infamy in the early ‘90s when she appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live and ripped a picture of Pope John Paul II in half on live TV as a protest against child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
3. The Dubliners: The Dubliners may not be a household name in the States, but this Irish folk band inspired modern folk rock bands like Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphys. Most popular in the ‘70s, the band appeared on stages across Europe, and even graced The Ed Sullivan Show with a performance. Although the band formed in 1962, they did not retire until 2012, making them Ireland’s longest surviving musical act.