Anita was born in Glenquin in the parish of Killeedy in West Limerick, where she was introduced to Irish music at a young age by fellow parishioner and lifelong friend, Con Herbert. She won her first All-Ireland title as part of a trio when she was eleven years old.
In her youth, she took lessons in classical piano and competed as an Irish solo dancer. She uses these skills and steps she learned in her earlier years and adds to them using shared experiences with other musicians and dancers she meets on her musical journey.
Since her early teens she has played an active part in the activities of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Teampall a’ Ghleanntáin, competing at Fleadhanna and participating in successful Scóraíocht and Pléaracha groups as well as the weekly seisiún which takes places over the Summer at the Devon Hotel in Templeglantine. She has become well-known as a piano-accompanist for traditional Irish music and plays regularly with Donie Nolan and Taylor’s Cross Ceilí Band.
Anita has been sought after as a fiddle-teacher since she completed the TTCT in the early 1990’s. As a very experienced primary-teacher, with a first class honours MA in Irish Traditional music performance at the University of Limerick in 2009, she continues to teach and perform fiddle, whistling and piano-accompaniment.
With her love of the Irish language and interest in songs, Anita teaches airs as well as dance tunes, and has been a tutor at Scoil Fonn is Amhrán on several occasions. She also enjoys composing new tunes or adding harmonies to already existing tunes, a service she provides for choirs and grúpaí cheoil, composing for specific instruments and ability levels on request, including piano accompaniment.
Anita recalls her most memorable experiences as being her first week at the Willie Clancy Summer school in Miltown Malbay in 1984, where she was taught by Bobby Casey and John Kelly; playing fiddle and harp as part of the Ceol Chiarraí Tour group which toured Singapore, Australia and North America; winning the senior fiddle fast and slow airs competitions on the same day at Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in 1994, and her participation as part of a Munster Comhaltas group at the opening of the Eurovision Song Contest in Milstreet, Co.Cork.
In more recent years, she began competing in the Feadaíl competitions and has won the All-Ireland title at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann no fewer than five times. In 2019, she recorded a 5-track E.P. which includes 3 tracks of whistling, some singing and a taste of fiddle-playing.
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