Julie Bond

Julie attended the very first rehearsal of Dublin Youth Orchestras in 1981 and played with the symphony orchestra, initially on flute and then on bassoon, until 1988. She has also played with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble, The Hibernian Orchestra and Rathfarnham Concert Band. She is married and has four children, three of whom currently play with Dublin Youth Orchestras. Julie is a chartered accountant and currently works part-time in the not-for-profit sector. She started volunteering with Dublin Youth Orchestras as their Finance Manager in September 2014 and joined the Board as a Director in May 2016. Previous orchestral management experience includes ten years as Manager/Chairperson of The Hibernian Orchestra and two seasons on staff with the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland (Junior Orchestra).


James Forrest

James is originally from Dublin. He works as a post primary teacher in a Community school in Co. Meath teaching Maths and Physics. He has a keen interest in classical music. He has supported the Intermediate Orchestra team and now manages the Symphony Orchestra. He has travelled on many tours with the DYO. He lives in Co. Meath with his wife and daughter who is a Violinist and former DYO member.


Ciara Harrington

Ciara Harrington, a keen Irish speaker, has been a director of Lingua App Teoranta since its inception in 2013. Lingua-App is a unique learning tool for students and teachers of the Irish language. In addition, she has been involved in event management for over 20 years working with charities, educational events and the voluntary sector. She is a strong proponent of volunteerism and has been for many years. Ciara is a patron of Cill Rialaig Art Centre in Dungeagan, Co Kerry. Cill Rialaig offers artist, writers and musicians the opportunity to create works in a remote and tranquil setting. Ciara has been Manager of the DYO Junior Strings since 2012.


John Leahy

John joined the board of DYO in August 2013 as honorary treasurer. He is a Director and owner of Aria Capital, a specialist provider of investment management and corporate advisory services. John has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Banking and Finance) from UCD and a Masters of Accounting Degree from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. He is also a chartered accountant (FCA) and a qualified financial adviser (QFA). John lives in Greystones with his wife and four children. He both enjoys and plays many sports including rugby, soccer, tennis and running, and also does some rugby and GAA coaching. Two of his children are cellists, and his eldest daughter joined DYO in 2013.


Valerie O’Brien

Valerie O’Brien is a parent of a young person in the orchestra, a social worker, systemic family therapist, academic and researcher with over 30 years’ experience in the area of child welfare. She worked for 10 years in front line services and since entering UCD in 1995 she has undertaken many research and consultancy projects on behalf of the statutory, public and non-government sector. She has experience of participating on local, National and European Boards in respect of child welfare and protection, family therapy and adoption / foster care. Through this experience, she brings an acute awareness of governance issues to her involvement in DYO.


Niall O’Connor

Niall is a member of the Irish Taxation Institute, a Chartered Tax Advisor and Accountant. He has over 20 years tax consulting experience and works with Beacon Tax & Business Advisors in Sandyford, a specialist tax practice offering tax and accounting services to both business and private clients. Prior to that Niall was a Tax Partner in a mid-sized accounting firm and a Tax Director in a Big 4 accounting firm. Niall holds a B.A. in Accounting & Finance and a MBS in Accounting from Dublin City University. He is married and has two children, both of whom currently play with Dublin Youth Orchestras. Niall has previously volunteered with Dublin Youth Orchestras, assisting with Registration day and at concert admissions.


Dr Philine von Kietzell

The enthusiastic and heart-warming exclamation of Philine’s first-born daughter after her first ever rehearsal with DYO junior strings many years ago will be forever on her mind. “Mum, you won’t believe what kind of sound we can make together. It is absolutely incredible!” This was what she had always hoped for as a mother: that her children would grow up to love music and become as passionate about the spell-binding act of making music together as she is. A keen amateur cellist, she is a member of the Hibernian Orchestra and CoOrch and plays as much chamber music with groups both here and in Germany as she can possibly fit into her schedule. She is very grateful to DYO to give her four children (two violinists, a violist and a double bass player) the opportunity to develop their orchestral skills and when grown up to return to DYO as occasional string tutors. Philine moved from Germany to Ireland in 2002, when her husband Jan joined the Food and Veterinary Office of the European Commission, and she has been a G.P. in Trim, County Meath since then.


Kieran Pryal

Kieran is originally from Ballinasloe, Co. Galway and now lives in Kilkenny.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant while working in Dublin. He went on to hold a number of senior finance roles over the past 20 years. His two children have been members of the Dublin Youth Orchestras.  He helped out on the management teams of the Intermediate and Concert Orchestras and was manager of the Symphony Orchestra.


Malachy Robinson

Malachy  is a professional chamber musician, playing double-bass and viola da gamba. He is a founder of the Gregory Walkers, a group performing “Early Music from Ireland and beyond”, and is director of the Robinson Panoramic Quartet, a revelatory alternative to the standard string quartet. Principal double-bass with the Irish Chamber Orchestra since 1995, he is also a founder member of the cutting-edge Crash Ensemble. A founder member too of the Irish Baroque Orchestra, he has also appeared with many period-instrument orchestras in the UK. He has performed with the Vanbrugh, Callino, Parisii, T’ang, Con Tempo and Vogler String Quartets, and the Phoenix Piano Trio.

Malachy has an MMUS in Historical Musicology from the Royal Holloway College, University of London and a GGSM from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London from where he graduated in 1993 with 1st class honours and the Dove Memorial Prize. Compositions include String performed by Crash Ensemble 2001; Where Art Thou, Muse? performed by Deirdre Moynihan and the Dublin Viols 2010; Hallow’d Ground performed by the Eidola Trio 2014; Shark recorded by Crash Ensemble 2017 and Dream of the Green Men performed by the Irish Chamber Orchestra 2018. He has also written countless songs.

Isabel Ryan

Isabel has worked in the NGO sector both in Ireland and overseas for over 28 years, working in the youth, disability and environmental protection areas. Over the past 18 years her work has been primarily in the adult mental health and disability sectors, with a focus on training programme design, delivery and evaluation. She has worked in private practice as a counsellor delivering employee assistance programmes (EAP) to business and specialising in child bereavement and acquired injury counselling. She was employed in the Irish charities sector for six years running support services, as a charities fundraiser, and is a co-founder of two Irish charities. Her other great interest is music education and since 2011 she has been manager of the St. Louis Music Department, which delivers music tuition to over 100 children across 17 instruments and hosts two youth orchestras. She has been involved in Scouting Ireland as a scout leader for the past six years. She sits on the Musical Activities Committee of the Artane School of Music and is a director of two commercial companies.


Mary Turner

A lawyer by profession, Mary has worked for over 20 years in the public service, mainly in the field of environmental protection. Mary has worked with voluntary groups and charitable trusts for a number of years. Two of Mary’s children are cellists, her eldest daughter plays with the DYO Symphony Orchestra.