Dominic Thomas Kirwan
Date of Birth
5th June 1960
Place of Birth
Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland
Married to Louise
Lee, Colm, Barry and Jonathan
Elizabeth & John
Brothers & Sisters
Four sisters and one brother
Colour of Eyes
Colour of Hair
|| The star status that singer Dominic Kirwan enjoys today is a far cry from his wholesome down-to-earth roots, but despite his continuing top selling albums and sold out worldwide tours the Irishman remains faithful to keeping his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Born and raised in Tyrone, Ireland Dominic has been around the entertainment business for a long time. The popular entertainer fondly recalls growing up in Omagh in a home full of laughter, music and traditional dancing. It was as a four-year-old that Dominic took his first steps on the road to stardom, receiving encouragement from his mother and four sisters as he pursued his number one hobby of Irish dancing. Dominic's undoubted talent as a dancer was recognised by the prestigious Seamus Kerrigan School of Irish Dancing who taught him the importance of team work and self-discipline. These lessons soon paid off and Dominic began winning competitions in Ireland, Scotland and even Norway. However music was his first love and in this regard Dominic came up the hard way. After finishing school he worked as a car parts storeman by day while at night he followed his dream and fronted a variety of local bands including his own group, The Melody Boys. His band soon became popular favourites on the live circuit scene, catering for all tastes with their wide range of songs featuring rock, pop, rhythm and blues, Irish ballads and country songs.
After six years of performing and honing his talents as a live entertainer to packed houses around Ireland and the UK, Dominic took the brave decision to release his first single, 'Alice In Wonderland', which he paid for himself. The positive response to Dominic's debut release fully justified this decision and was quickly followed with the recording of his debut album 'The Green Fields Of France' which came about after Dominic scooped top prize in a local radio singing competition.
His live shows, and in particular touring with the Ritz Country Show which showcased some of the UK and Ireland's new and upcoming acts, brought him to the attention of many people. These included country legends Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers and Tammy Wynette, who after seeing him perform all invited Dominic as special guest on their tours and it was here that things started to take of for the genial Irishman. Coupled with an ever-growing reputation as a live performer and the success of his self-funded first album Dominic secured his first record deal and the subsequent releases of a four track EP entitled 'The Green Hills Are Rolling Still' followed by his first fully financed album 'Try A Little Kindness'.
The album was a phenomenal success and paved the way for a career which now stretches back over a decade and includes prestigious awards, top selling albums and DVD's such as 'Love Me Tender' 'Evergreen' and Live In Galway' and a global fanbase that will flock to see him wherever he goes.
Now a established as a major artist in his own right Dominic continues to lead the Irish limelight. Despite all the achievements however, and no matter what further success awaits him, perhaps the most impressive thing above all about Dominic is that he remains the same affable man he always was - and that is a quality which will remain truly unsurpassed.