She interrupted those studies in 1995 to move to Ireland, where she worked for some years in language tuition and as a session musician on the Galway band circuit. She ran Galway Language Centre from 2002 to 2003, and then moved to Music for Galway in 2003, where she is now Programme Manager.
She has seen Music for Galway through the challenges of recession and through the change in artistic directorship from Jane O’Leary to Finghin Collins. In recent years she, with her colleague Finghin Collins, has focused on fundraising, successfully engaging with the local business community as well as with national partners. In 2015 Music for Galway won the Galway Chamber Award for Promoting Galway.
During this time Anna took up her studies again, this time with the Open University, and obtained an Honours BA in Humanities with focus on Art History in 2011.
She served on the board of the Galway Arts Centre from 2008 to 2012. In 2014, being the sole representative of classical music on the advisory panel to the Galway ECOC bid team, she co-founded the Galway ECOC Music Interest Group, a group of organisations and people who got together with a view to ensuring that music programming would be at the centre of the Galway ECOC bid and to champion for proper infrastructure for music in Galway.
This group has now become the Galway Music Centre Facility Advisory, which Anna Lardi Fogarty chairs.