Ms Mary McPartlan

M.A Drama & Theatre Studies

Contact Details

Ard na Coille
110a Liosmor
Cappagh Road
T: Ext. 4096


Mary Mc Partlan is a lecturer in the Creative Arts and is the Traditional Artist in Residence at   at NUI Galway. She teaches Theatre History and Practice and the History of Irish Traditional Arts. She is the Creative Director of the hugely successful Arts in Action programme and the Director of the Optional Exploration of the Creative Arts Modules at NUI Galway

A high profile professional singer, her albums include, the critically acclaimed “ The Holland Handkerchief” and “Petticoat Loose” and From Mountain to Mountain (a tribute to Appalachian Folk Singer, Jean Ritchie)

Mary is an Honorary Clinical Fellow at the School of Medicine, a Fulbright Ambassador for NUI Galway and the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Ireland – United States Fulbright Alumni Award

She received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2013 to Lehman College (CUNY) and worked with jazz pianist Bertha Hope in New York, giving performances in New York, Kentucky, Ireland and France, which also included their highly praised debut concert at the Irish Arts Centre in New York November 2014. She is a producer and founding member of the Margaret Barry Music and Theatre Production 2016 to present.

Unquestionably rooted in the traditional, Mary Mc Partlan’s distinctively evocative voice, combined with a strong sense of her own musical personality, allows her to move easily between styles, ranging from traditional to new and original work.

She has collaborated with the poet and playwright Vincent Woods and has recorded three of Wood’s lyrics with music by Mairtin O Connor on her second CD Petticoat Loose, which was also voted one of the Top Ten Folk Albums of 2008 by the British Mojo Magazine.

She has appeared on numerous television and theatre shows and productions over the last 10 years.

Before embarking on a fulltime career as Lecturer and creative director at NUI Galway, Mary was working as a professional artist and arts practionner within the arts community throughout Ireland.

She was the producer of many significant national cultural events, including the concept and development of the TG4 National Traditional Music Awards, a twelve part music series for TG4 and founder and producer of the innovative, award winning theatre,  Skehana