Proinnsías Ó Duinn

Born: 1941, Clontarf, Dublin (Ireland)
Nationality: Irish

Proinnsías Ó Duinn studied cello, piano and conducting at the College of Music, Dublin and began composing at the age of nineteen. In 1963 he was appointed conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and then principal conductor and music director to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ecuador. Following his return to Ireland he joined RTÉ, Ireland’s national radio and TV station, in 1974 as conductor of the RTÉ Singers and later became principal conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra until 2003. His compositional output features chamber works as well as arrangements for television, theatre and film. In 1997 his musical, Stuff and Nonsense, based on the life and writings of Edward Lear, was premiered in Dublin's National Concert Hall.

Proinnsías Ó Duinn travelled to the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem, because regular Irish Eurovision conductor Noel Kelehan was not too keen on venturing in Israel. Ó Duinn accompanied singer-songwriter Cathal Dunne, who came fifth with his song ‘Happy man’. He never conducted another Eurovision entry, but he featured in the 1995 contest in Dublin, when he led the RTÉ Concert Orchestra during the performance of the interval act, ‘Lumen’, a beautiful composition by Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, sung by a group comprising (amongst others) Brian Kennedy and the monks of Glenstal Abbey, Limerick.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Proinnsías Ó Duinn will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1979: Happy man