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Raymond O’Donnell has been Director of Music at Galway Cathedral since January 1994. A native of Dublin, he studied organ at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral under Gerard Gillen, where he was organ scholar for three years. He studied music and mathematical physics at NUI Maynooth, graduating in 1991 with a first-class honours MA in organ interpretation and performance; while an undergraduate he spent a year on scholarship to University of Louisville, Kentucky, for advanced organ studies under Melvin Dickenson. He has attended masterclasses with Daniel Roth, Marie-Claire Alain, Ben Van Oosten and others. Before coming to Galway he was director of sacred music at Clongowes Wood College in Co. Kildare; and in recent years he has returned to NUI Maynooth as a part-time lecturer. He is in regular demand as both soloist and accompanist in Ireland and across Europe.

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Previous Directors of Music

Mary Dale: Summer 1967 - December 1993

Brendan O'Boyle: November 1965 - summer 1967