last updated 7 June 2011

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39ú Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

2ú Iúil - 10ú Iúil 2011

39th Willie Clancy Summer School

2nd July - 10th July 2011

Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, Ireland

Copyright © 2011 Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

The Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school.

All events are held in and near Miltown Malbay in County Clare starting on the first Saturday in July. Registration for music and dance classes takes place on Saturday and Monday. The registration fee of €140 Euro, £140 Sterling or $200 US includes six classes, all lectures and recitals (except the Saturday concert) and reduced price admission to céilithe. Weekly registration only. Lectures, recitals, concert and céilithe are open to the public.


Schedule - the complete programme for the week
Classes - descriptions of the music and dance classes
History - background on Willie Clancy and the Summer School, plus recent press reports
Photographs - selected photographs from past Summer Schools
Accommodation - how to find a place to stay in Miltown Malbay
Information - the organisers and supporters of the Summer School
Junior Crehan - obituaries for the Summer School's President

Accommodation at the Willie Clancy Summer School

All students have to arrange their own accommodation and transport. A list of available accommodation in the locality can be had by writing or phoning either:

Muiris Ó Rócháin
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy   
Miltown Malbay
Co Clare
065 708 4148
Harry Hughes
Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy
Miltown Malbay
Co Clare
065 708 4281

Further information is also available from and

Please see 2011 Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Accommodation for the official list of accommodation you can use to make your own accommodation arrangments.

An accommodation service is available from Marie Healy on 065 708 4550. She can book rooms only for summer school students attending for the full week. Most of the available accommodation is for shared rooms as single rooms and rented houses are scarce. Marie is unable to help casual visitors seeking weekend accommodation.

Accommodation is also available in Lahinch and Doonbeg, both within twenty minutes driving of Miltown Malbay. Contact the Ennis Tourist Office for more information - 065 682 8366 or

Last minute rooms are posted on an accommodation board in the Community Centre in Miltown Malbay during the summer school.

Note that local telephone numbers are listed here. When phoning from abroad, first dial the code for Ireland (00 353 in Britain and Europe, 011 353 from North America), then drop the leading 0 from the local number and dial the rest of it.


Programme Director & Secretary
Muiris O Rócháin, telephone 065 708 4148

Administrative Director
Harry Hughes, telephone 065 708 4281, email

Music Liaison
Eamon McGivney, telephone 065 708 7417

We are especially grateful to the following for financial assistance to the 2011 School:
The Arts Council
Diageo Ireland
Foras na Gaeilge
Shannon Development
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta
Fáilte Ireland
Bus Éireann
Clare County Council
Local Subscriptions and Suppliers to Locality

Táimíd fíorbhuíoch do:
Na Píobairí Uilleann
Mick O'Connor
Lucht Riartha Halla an Phobail agus Scoil Náisiúnta, Sráid na Cathrach
Bellbridge Hotel
Armada Hotel
Coiste Gairm Oideachais an Chláir
Board of Management, St Joseph's Secondary School, Spanish Point
Spanish Point Golf Club
West Clare Resource Centre
Clare County Library
St Joseph's GAA Club, Miltown Malbay
McAuley House and Church of Ireland Community Centre, Spanish Point
National School, Credit Union and Leon Centre, Quilty
Quilty Tavern
Kilmurray Ibrickane GAA Club
As ucht na cabhrach a fuaireamar uathu i slite difriúla.

No visual or professional recordings of any type allowed without prior permission from the directors. A facility fee is required for all professional recordings. The Willie Clancy logo and name are copyright.

Willie Clancy Summer School Web Page created by
Bill Lynch
076 602 4282
Co Clare

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