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‘I just didn’t have the confidence or the self-belief. A lot of it boils down to unworthiness, not feeling my voice had any relevance or importance’

For most of her life, a crippling lack of self-confidence prevented Susan Quirke from pursuing her music dream. Now having just released her first album, the Limerick native opens up about how the death of a close friend set her on her creative path, leaving Dublin for a life by the sea in Lahinch and how meditation changed her life

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Susan Quirke

Susan Quirke

Susan Quirke

Susan Quirke had a dream, but it looked as though it would never be fulfilled. She had sung and played the guitar from a young age, but much as she wanted to record an album, something always held her back — a crippling lack of confidence.

Now that her debut album is finally emerging into the world — in the year that she hits the milestone age of 40 — the Limerick-raised, Clare-based singer can look back at all the insecurities that stopped her.


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