Sweet sound of success for former Eurovision
A WOMAN from Crumlin who sang in the
Eurovision Song Contest has shown she's more than just a pretty
voice by successfully completing an Open University Degree in
Karen Lismore from Nutts Corner, who sang for
Ireland in the 1999 Contest in Israel along with her sister
Bronagh as The Mullans, completed the course in six years -
despite suffering from dyslexia.
The condition led to pessimistic predictions
by some of her teachers that she would never achieve academic
However, hard work and the support of her
family have helped her prove those gloomy predictions wrong.
Her mother, a teacher, and her father, a
fellow dyslexia sufferer, encouraged her to realise her full
"My father would often tell me `don't let people
tell you you can't do things' and I have always remembered
that,' Karen recalled.
She said she would encourage anyone who
wanted a challenge to take an OU Degree.
Karen embarked on her course of study after
deciding to take a career break from singing shortly after she
"A lot of the Open University is internet and
computer based which is helpful for me," she said.
"Taking a degree gives you a great sense of
She now works on the Eagle Project, an autism
support scheme for families, and plans to take a Masters in
Applied Behavorial Analysis.
Meanwhile sister Bronagh, the other half of
The Mullan Sisters, has completed a Masters Degree in Music and
is a music teacher.