Classical Notes: New bursary is a wish come true for Dunne

The venerable Irish opera legend is still going strong with the launch of a new fundraising initiative for her singing competition

11th October, 2020
Classical Notes: New bursary is a wish come true for Dunne
Diamuid Hegarty, president of Griffith College, and Veronica Dunne, Irish opera legend, watch opera singers Aebh Kelly and Matt Mannion perform at the launch of the Veronica Dunne Bursary at MoLI Museum of Literature in Dublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Veronica Dunne was born on August 20, 1927, at a time when the country was getting used to hung Dáils and James Larkin was campaigning for a seat in the next election, Kevin O’Higgins had just been assassinated, Countess Markievicz had just died, and Éamon de Valera had just declared war on the Oath of Allegiance. Probably the most uplifting event was that the Irish-born (and largely forgotten) Mary Bailey became the first woman to...

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