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Superstar Enya sails away with a degree in music

Source: (June 30, 2007)
By: Brian McDonald

RECLUSIVE singer Enya yesterday got the university qualification she always wanted.

The one-time music student-turned international superstar had targeted a music degree at third level and had begun formal tuition while still just Eithne Ni Bhraonain, an unheard-of Donegal schoolgirl. But 70 million album sales, worldwide fame and a string of international accolades later, her academic ambitions had been long forgotten.

Until yesterday, when a delighted Enya was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Music at NUI Galway.

"I am so thrilled. I feel really excited about this as I had studied music before ever becoming public in the business," she said.

Joining her at the conferring in NUI Galway yesterday were her musical collaborators, Nicky and Roma Ryan.

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