Therese McInerney hails from a little coastal townland just outside Miltown Malbay, but now lives in Ennis, Co. Clare.
She grew up surrounded by Irish Culture and developed a love for Irish Traditional music, song, dance, history and the language from an early age.

An avid Traditional musician, set dancer and gaeilgeoir all through her primary school days, Therese developed her love of singing and drama during her time in Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon secondary school, where she participated in musicals and choirs.

Therese went on to study a BCL International Law Degree in University College Cork, where she volunteered in the UCC Radio Station. Therese had her own radio show on UCC98.3FM for two years for which she received a “Smedia” or National Student Media Award for Irish Radio.

In September 2016, she completed a master’s in Traditional Irish Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music achieving first class honours where she received Tuition from some of the finest Traditional Musicians in the world.

Therese released her debut album “Down The Strand” in 2017 which incorporates her fiddle playing and singing. Therese is currently busy working on a new album to be launched in 2022 as well as teaching the next generation of musicians and singers in Co.Clare.

As well as performing regularly at several festivals and events in Ireland and abroad, entertaining at Irish Music sessions and performing at wedding ceremonies and receptions, Therese also works freelance in Irish Television. In 2017 she completed a TV Production course in The Park Studios, Dublin and since then she has worked on the production teams for RTE’s Fleadh Cheoil Programme, TG4’s Gradam Cheoil and in Clare FM Radio. Therese recently worked with Red Shoe Productions on programmes such as Oíche Chultúir sa Ghaeltacht and Gradam Ceoil 2021 for TG4. She is currently working on some exciting new Traditional Music productions for TG4 and RTÉ.
Since 2018, Therese has her own weekly slot on Tipp FM. She presents the Galtee Sessions every Saturday night from 8-10pm. To contact Therese in relation to Tipp FM please email [email protected]. In May 2019 she also joined the West Wind team as a regular host and presents the traditional music programme every Tuesday night on Clare FM from 7-9pm ([email protected]).

Therese grew up performing with many professional Ceili Bands such as The Four Courts, The Tulla Ceili Band and the Five Counties Ceili Bands. She has several underage titles with Inis Óg Ceili Band under the leadership of Padraic O’Reilly and she was part of the Senior Ceili Band who won the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Ceili Band Title in Drogheda.

Thanks to the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, Therese produced her first podcast series “Tradcast with Therese” a traditional arts industry podcast which aims to give useful information to performers and anyone with an interest in traditional music. Available on Therese’s website/ Apple Podcasts/Spotify and all your favourite podcast websites.

​Therese’s new duet album with Marian Curtin “The Youth That Belonged To Miltown” supported by the Arts Council of Ireland is now available to purchase on Therese’s website, bandcamp as well as all the usual Traditional Music outlets. Please check the “gigs” part of the website for upcoming concert tickets.

Therese can be contacted via email or Facebook for bookings. She is happy to answer any other queries you may have and looks forward to hearing from you.

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