Dún Laoghaire Choral Society

is in the process of hiring a new Music Director. We have shortlisted four excellent candidates and we hope to have finalised our choice by the end of September.


Julie Shanley, Assistant Music Director 2016/2018

Julie Shanley

Julie Shanley is a professional musician working in Dublin. She sings regularly in Christ Church Cathedral and teaches, lectures and leads an adult choir in Newpark Music Centre. Julie graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Music in 2008.

More recently Julie completed an intensive year of training in the Kodaly Institute of Music Pedagogy in Hungary. There she studied choral conducting, singing, piano, clarinet and chamber music. Her love of choral music began when she joined St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School aged seven. From that point onwards she has been involved with diverse projects such as performing at Electric Picnic with Elbow, touring with the Irish Youth Chamber Choir and singing and dancing with the contemporary music ensemble, Tonnta.

Julie was appointed Assistant Music Director of DLCS in September 2016.




Fergal Caulfield, Accompanist

Fergal Caulfield

Fergal Caulfield

Fergal Caulfield obtained his academic credentials from Trinity Collge Dublin, graduating with BA and PhD degrees in music. His doctoral thesis explored compositional procedures in Stravinsky's late serial music based on examiniation of archival material now housed at the Paul Sacher Stiftung, Basel, Switzerland. As a performer, Fergals studied piano with Peter Dains at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and the organ privately with Professor Gerard Gillen at the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and holds peformance and teaching diplomas in both instruments. He additionally attended various scholarship masterclasses in the UK and Belgium. 

As well as many performances abroad he has given solo organ recitals at most of the major venues in Ireland including the National Concert Hall, the Wexford and Galway Arts Festivals, St Michael's Church, Dun Laoghaire, the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, and Trinity College Chapel. He has additionally appeared as soloist in concert performances with a number of ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra (with which he has performed the organ symphonies of Camille Saint-Saëns, Marcel Dupré and Aaron Copland) and is a former prize-winner at the Dublin International Organ Festival. He is also widely in demand as a vocal and instrumental accompanist. 

As a chamber musician, Fergal plays particularly as a member of the Clarion Trio (consisting of piano, violin and clarinet). He works regularly as a keyboard player with the RTE National Symphony and RTE Concert Orchestras and is repetiteur for the RTE Philharmonic Choir, in addition to his long-standing association with Dún Laoghaire Choral Society.



Roisín Adams

Anne-Marie Campbell

Deirdre Carroll

Una Corr

Ursula Fowler

Gail Gilliland

Marion Gaskin

Avril Harris

Irene Hickey

Eithne Lalor

Michi Maharry-Eidt

Pat Marchant

Fionnuala Monks

Mieke McNamara

Davida Nolan

Elaine Noonan

Mary O'Donnell

Aileen O'Reilly

Lucy O'Reilly

Clíona O'Rourke

Margo O'Sullivan

Cherry Poynton

Louise Sabella

Elizabeth Shanley

Julie O'Brien

Patricia Slevin 

Lucia Shelly





Eithne Bowen

Trish Caren

Mairead Cassidy

Evelyn Cockburn

Denise Cooney

Ann Fleeton

Hazel Graves

Anne-Marie Healy

Joan Hick

Carmel Keogh

Dorothy Kidd

Nikki Lawless

Caroline Lenehan

Gillian Lyster

Angela O Broin

Jill Malcolm

Margaret McCormack

Maire Mulcahy

Joyce Mulligan

Mary Murphy

Julie Nyhan

Geraldine Pearse

Madeleine Pearse

Rosamond Phillips

Elaine Smyth

Joan Staunton

Margaret Woods



Pat Conolly

Martin Cuppage

Jim Flavin

Denis Cagney

Fintan Lalor

Rory McIvor

Bernard Murphy

Michael O'Brien

Paraic O'Lochlainn

Joe Swan



Mel Boyd

Noel Cassidy

Tony Fahy

John Flavin

David Kelly

John Marchant

Andrew O'Kelly

Hugh Quigley

Adam Ralph

Tony Shanahan

Chris Stillman

Hans Vogel

Dennis Woods