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Just over a decade ago, Deirbhile Brennan found herself back where it all began: the Royal Irish Academy of Music. That’s where she started her music studies when she was 5, and, in 2009, she returned to the school and to the piano, this time simultaneously maintaining a busy career in accounting and raising four small children. That recommitment has led her to a flourishing amateur piano life: she completed her master’s in piano performance (part-time while working full-time) in 2013; has recently won competitions in St. Petersburg, Boston, Chicago, and Île-de-France; and has performed across four continents (including at Carnegie Hall with New York Concerti Sinfonietta and at the Gasteig in Munich). A chartered accountant with almost 30 years of experience, Deirbhile currently serves as head of internal audit for an Irish government agency. Outside of all of these accomplishments, she also spent nine years in the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir.