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Singer Cat Dowling: ‘Cancer made me stop and listen to my body’

The musician on braving breast cancer, learning from her body and the prescience of her new album

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Singer Cat Dowling photographed by Gerry Mooney

Singer Cat Dowling photographed by Gerry Mooney

Cat Dowling provides a raw, unconventional record.

Cat Dowling provides a raw, unconventional record.

Cat Dowling was determined to not have her life defined by cancer.

Cat Dowling was determined to not have her life defined by cancer.

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Singer Cat Dowling photographed by Gerry Mooney

‘My mother used to regularly joke that she took the wrong child home from the hospital,” singer Cat Dowling says. Cat’s the second eldest of six – her big brother Padraic studied physics. Two other brothers, Donal and John, became engineers while another brother, Richard, studied accountancy before becoming a nurse. Her sister Annemarie was a primary teacher who went on to become a principal. “I was the one who took the road less travelled,” Cat says.

If you bought Cat Dowling’s new album Animals expecting a pleasant collection of comfortable and safe songs then you took the wrong album home.


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