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            Donogh was born in Dublin. He started play-  Roscommon born Cathy has been a pro fes -
            ing guitar at about the age of %). When he    sional singer with traditional group Dervish
            moved to Dingle in west Kerry three years   for nearly &' years. She is a self-taught guitar,
            later he started to listen to traditional Irish   bouzouki, bodhrán, and bones player. She
            music. In no time he was hooked and playing   has led Dervish as front woman through
            sessions seven nights a week and spending   thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities
            his days learning and writing tunes on the tin-  in nearly )' coun tries and has %+ albums
            whistle. He moved to Galway seven years   under her belt.  Among the most notable
            later where he befriended Sharon Shannon,   perfor mances were The Great Wall of China
            who asked him to join her band. Their bass   and  Rock in Rio, with over ",',''' people.
            player was Trevor Hutchinson with whom    As a song writer, she has written songs with
            Donogh founded the group Lúnasa. He is    interna tionally renowned Brendan Graham
            perhaps best known for his recorded and live   (best known for the lyrics of You Raise Me Up).
            work with Lúnasa, Sharon Shannon, Lumiere,    In "'%), she took up the role of presenter
            Seamus Begley, and Pauline Scanlon.  of Fleadh TV with TG). Cathy has been an
                                               ambas sador for Irish culture and music for
                                               over a quarter of a century, and has a deep
                                               understand ing of traditional Irish songs and
                                               singing and has collected hundreds of songs
                                               which might otherwise have been forgot ten.
                                               Over the years Cathy has received many
                                               awards for her contribution to tradi tional Irish
                                               music including: BBC Lifetime Achieve ment
                                               Award ("'%(); Sligo Cultural Ambassador
                                               ("'%*); the Annie McNulty Award ("'%));
                                               and The Freedom of The City of Sligo ("'%').

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