Inishowen woman appointed Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Grace Toland.
Grace Toland.

One of Inishowen’s most well-known and recognised traditional singers has been appointed the next Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive.

Grace Toland will take up office later this year.

The current Director of IMTA, Nicholas Carolan, co-founded the archive in 1987 and has led its development into a leading repository of Irish cultural materials (

Nicholas is due to retire in mid-2015.

The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national public archive and resource centre for the traditional song, instrumental music and dance of Ireland.

ITMA Chairman Dermot McLaughlin said: “The Board of ITMA has been involved in planning

this succession process for more than two years, and we are delighted that our recruitment

campaign has produced this result.

“We knew that finding a successor to our founding Director, Nicholas Carolan, would not be easy. Our recruitment campaign went live in October 2014,and we are pleased with the quality of candidates who made it to the shortlist and final stages of the competitive selection process.

“The Board have every confidence that Grace Toland will use her extensive experience of working in libraries and archives along with her managerial skills, artistic credentials and performance profile to bring to this leadership role exactly the kind of vision and ambition that ITMA needs in this next exciting phase of its growth.’