Doireann strikes the winning note

Donal Nolan

IT was the turn of the youngest member of a well-known Tralee family steeped in music to strike a note all of her own at the weekend - when she was chosen from among 200 as the Rotary Kerry Young Musician of the Year.

Doireann O'Carroll, from Ballyard, took the prestigious prize in KIllarney on Saturday night for her mastery of the piano over a series of stunning pieces that left no one in doubt as to the emergence of a new talent in the county. The prize also marked yet another major musical achievement for her talented family - including older sister Aisling who also won the Rotary Kerry Young Musician six years ago!

Doireann was among six finalists from Tralee, Killarney, Milltown and Tahilla who performed in front of a packed INEC Acoustic Club on Saturday - the six of whom were chosen from an initial field of over 200 entrants drawn from right across the county.

However, it's not just the piano Doireann is expert on as she plays violin and cello in the Kerry School of Music Senior Orchestra, as well as the harp, and her very own vocal chords in the Kerry Chamber Choir in an incredible level of multi-instrumental for one so young.

Doireann's own talent got her all the way, but dad Aidan, mom Eileen and older sisters Orla, Aisling and Grainne can only have been of huge encouragement. Aidan O'Carroll is, of course, director of the acclaimed Kerry School of Music. Aisling, who won the Rotary prize in 2008, also went on to win the Feis Cheoil and other prizes; sister Orla plays cello with the Finlay Ensemble and Grainne is a well-known classical trumpeter as well as a composer.

Music was, and is, a seven-days-a-week activity in the O'Carroll household in an atmosphere that played no small part in bringing Doireann's talent to the fore. The young Presentation student will now go on to perform at a number of events throughout the coming year, representing Killarney Rotary in open competition in England too as part of the prize.

Doireann studies piano at the Kerry School of Music under international prize-winning concert pianist Mantautas Katinas.


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