History of Project

The Inishowen Traditional Music Project (ITMP) was established in 1999 by Roisin McGrory and Angela McLaughlin.

In 1997, Roisin McGrory, fiddle player and a former pupil of renowned fiddler Dinny McLaughlin, and later Teresa McClure and Martin McGinley, began teaching music in the Inishowen area.

Roisin and Angela McLaughlin from Malin, another pupil of Dinny’s, were concerned that many of the musicians of the area had moved away, for college, work or, in some cases, to play professionally.

Plans were put in place in the hope of rejuvenating the traditional music scene and connect with the older musicians of the peninsula

Then, at a workshop at St Boden’s National School, Culdaff, on the 20th-21st of February 1998, there were discussions about how to build on the renewed interest in traditional music locally. As a result, Roisin and Angela McLaughlin, an arts administrator and teacher as well as being a musician, established the Inishowen Traditional Music Project. The aim was to promote traditional music locally and to support other traditional music teachers in the area.


The result was that quite a lot happened!