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Enya was born in Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, Ireland in 1961 to a musical family, the sixth of nine children.

Her grandparents were in a band that played throughout Ireland, her father was the leader of the Slieve Foy Band before opening a pub, and her mother played in a dance band and later taught music at the Gweedore Comprehensive School.

Enya attended Loreto Community School Milford Co. Donegal.

Enya has four brothers and four sisters, several of whom formed the band An Clann As Dobhar in 1968.

They renamed the band Clannad in the 1970s.