The Tiernan Irish Dancers, a traditional Irish dancing school and performance group, was founded in Butte and Helena, Montana in January 2004. Our dancers range in age from three to eighteen years.
At the Montana Gaelic Festival in August, 2003, Trinity Academy of Irish Dance founder and artistic director, Mark Howard fell in love with the Montana and the "passion to learn" that he discovered in the children. After years of requests by Irish dance organizations in the West, Trinity became the first Midwest/Eastern program to answer the much-needed call for elevated consistency, professionalism, and expertise.
The name Tiernan, a synonym for Trinity and means three in one, was chosen and the Tiernan Irish Dancer organization was born. Tiernan is now the sister school of Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison's Trinity Academy of Irish Dance. Trinity has won multiple world championships for the United States and is considered to be one of the most widely recognized Irish dance programs in the world.