Fionnuala Sherry

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Fionnuala Sherry
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Background information
Born (1962-09-20) 20 September 1962 (age 56)
Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
GenresNew-age music
InstrumentsViolin, vocals
Years active1984–present

Fionnuala Sherry (born 20 September 1962) is an Irish violinist and vocalist. She makes up half of the New Instrumental duo Secret Garden, which won the Eurovision Song Contest 1995 with the predominantly instrumental piece "Nocturne".[1]


Sherry's violin playing started at the age of eight. She graduated with honours from the College of Music of Trinity College, Dublin having moved to Dublin at the age of fifteen in order to continue her musical education. Her professional career started with a ten-year stint as a member of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Sherry has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including The Chieftains, Sinéad O'Connor, Van Morrison, Chris de Burgh, Bono and Wet Wet Wet. She has also recorded several Hollywood film scores with the Irish Film Orchestra, including A Room with a View, and The Mask.

Her instrument of choice, for both live and studio work, is an English John Edward Betts violin from 1790, with a Hill bow.

Other media[edit]

Sherry has written and presented a musical children's television show on Irish national television, based on a concept she invented herself. In 2010 She released a solo album Songs from Before in Ireland.[2] The album is being released in the United States and Canada by Hearts of Space Records in the Spring of 2011.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She married Bernard Doyle, a businessman, in 2010.


Sherry broke both her arms after tripping while walking in Dublin in February 2015. She said it may have serious implications for her musical career, but she is confident of returning to full fitness.[4]


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. "Biography: Secret Garden". AMG. Retrieved 9 May 2010.
  2. ^ ""Songs from Before" Newly Released in Ireland". Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  3. ^ "New music from Fionnuala Sherry of Secret Garden". Valley-Entertainment. Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
  4. ^ Barry Egan (2015-03-08). "'I know I'll play again' - Eurovision winner and fiddle player who broke both her arms". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2015-05-13.

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Preceded by
Paul Harrington with Charlie McGettigan
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Eimear Quinn