Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2017

The 45th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 1st July to Sunday 9th July, 2017.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  1ú Iúil - 9ú Iúil

Welcome to the official website of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, The Willie Clancy Summer School, a major traditional Irish music, song and dance event held annually in Miltown Malbay, County Clare, Ireland. The 45th Summer School will take place between Saturday July 1st and Sunday July 9th 2017 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.

Details about classes, fees, venues, enrolment and accommodation can be found by going to the Information page. A list of available accommodation can now be downloaded here.

In November 2016 it was announced that The University of Limerick’s BLAS  International Summer School of Irish Traditional Music has joined forces with

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

to promote deeper understanding and appreciation of Irish Traditional music. See the News page for more information. You'll also find details of the Dannsa Scottish dance workshop which is exclusive to this year's summer school as well as information about the Tommy McCarthy scholarship and the Clare FM scholarships.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy congratulates all the winners at this year’s TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards


The summer school is delighted that two of our tutors, Mick O’Connor and Liam O’Brien, were recipients of the 2017 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards. Mick O’Connor was honoured for his outstanding contribution to Irish traditional music as musician, collector, researcher, publisher, author and lecturer. A native of the Liberties in Dublin, he has been involved with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy for many years and is currently coordinator of the whistle classes at the school.

Liam O’Brien, from Miltown Malbay, is the young musician of the year, recognised as an outstanding concertina player who has developed his own style and sound. He has developed a career as a teacher and performer and is a tutor at the summer school where he is highly regarded by fellow tutors and pupils.

Traditional Singer of the Year, Rita Gallagher from Donegal, has often performed at the summer school where she has inspired many young traditional singers.

Organising Committee

Harry Hughes (Administrator)

 tel. 065 708 4281 or 086 877 3747

Eamon McGivney

tel. 065 708 7417 or 087 950 0006

Séamus Ó Rócháin

tel. 087 926 4256

and the co-ordinators of classes/workshops and venue managers.




The Willie Clancy Summer School is an Irish registered charity.

Oineach Mhuiris Uí Rócháin is a Family Scholarship named in honour of one of the principal co-founders and long time director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

Details about the 2017 scholarship are available here. Please note that applications are now closed.

Details of approved Summer School Courses for primary school teachers can be found here

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have had a long association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive and the ITMA Field Recording team will be in attendance this year as usual to record all official events.

Go to the Galleries Pages to see more images from the past four decades of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.


© Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2017   Website: Tony Kearns