Judy Gaughan holding an image of Irish soprano, her mother, the late Veronica Dunne, in the role of the countess in Marriage of Figaro, with Irish soprano Dr Angela Feeney, a former student of Dunne's.

Family of the late iconic Irish Soprano, Veronica Dunne FRIAM, gift her personal musical memorabilia to the RIAM

Published: 24th Aug, 2021

Today, Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, received a hugely important and deeply personal gift from the family of the late legendary Irish soprano, Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Dunne.   An extensive collection of scores, recordings, personal musical memorabilia, including photographs of her life as an international soprano, and a Petrof Grand Piano gifted by her family will be housed in a room named after and dedicated to this iconic artist in the RIAM’s redeveloped campus on Westland Row, due to open in spring 2022.   In addition, the family plan a foundation contribution to scholarships which the RIAM will develop to perpetuate the legacy of Dr Dunne.

Speaking about this very special donation to the Academy its director, Professor Deborah Kelleher said:

Veronica Dunne was a most beloved and revered member of the RIAM’s Vocal Faculty. Teaching with us until just last academic year, and with all her energy and passion for vocal students and opera, she continued to inspire us all.  Hers is one of the most important legacies in Irish vocal pedagogy, and the history books will mark her contribution to music in Ireland as immense.  We are so grateful to her family for gifting us such an important and personal archive of her life’s work which we will proudly house in The Veronica Dunne Room at the RIAM”.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Dr Dunne’s daughter, Judy Gaughan said:

My brother Peter McCarthy and I are so delighted to hear that our mother’s extraordinary legacy and generous spirit will be indelibly marked by the RIAM’s dedication of a room in her name when its redeveloped campus opens in 2022.  We are delighted to gift a vast and personal collection of our mother’s personal musical memorabilia and that her beloved piano will continue to sound in a space that recognises the significant contribution she made to Irish musical life.”



For further information contact: Ciara Higgins, Royal Irish Academy of Music