b. 1955, near Drumkeeran, County Leitrim, Eire. McPartlan sang with a group in the early 70s and also in duo with Mary Gilhooley as Calypso. While working for the Post Office, McPartlan added political songs to her repertoire of traditional music. In 1983 she left the Post Office and became involved with the Simon Community in Galway. McPartlan founded Riabhóg Singers Club in Galway and was also active with Galway Youth Theatre. On television, McPartlan co-founded the TG4 National Traditional Music Awards and for TG4 was co-producer of FLOSC. In 1992 McPartlan sang in The Midnight Court for Druid Theatre Company. During the remainder of the 90s, she worked notably with Skehana, directed theatrical performances projecting traditional Irish music and dance, and developed a cultural exchange programme between Eire and Argentina.
In the early 00s, McPartlan directed the new Irish National Music Centre in Ennis, County Clare, co-ordinated Eire's involvement at the International Voice Festival, held in Lvov, Ukraine, and co-produced for TG4 a documentary on Nan Tom Teamín De Burca. In 2003, she produced a show in Las Vegas, Nevada, which traced the history of Irish music and culture. McPartlan also runs a PR and arts consultancy agency.