Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018

The 46th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 7th July to Sunday 15th July, 2018.

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  7ú Iúil - 15ú 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 46th Summer School will take place between Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 15th 2018 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.

 A first class traditional music

concert  brought a packed

audience to the Ennis Glór

theatre on Saturday 14th

October to honour Geraldine

Cotter, the 2017 recipient of

the MÓR Glór Award.


This prestigious Award,  named after Muiris Ó Rócháin,  one of the key founders and long time Director of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy,  is sponsored by Glór and awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to Irish traditional music. Geraldine Cotter comes from  a high profile musical family. Her mother taught piano in Ennis for many years and her brother Eamon is a well known flute player and manufacturer. Her husband John and children Meadhbh, Cillian and Oisín are fine musicians, as are all her extended family.  She has produced  over twenty albums as a recording artist,  is an accomplished piano accompanist and whistle soloist, and a member of the Boruma Trio and Shaskeen Céilí Band.


Geraldine Cotter is a lecturer in traditional music at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, and performs and teaches at many summer schools, including Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy where she has taught whistle for many years and is part of the tutorial team that coordinates the primary teachers courses at the summer school.   A researcher and collector, she has published extensively and her publications include Transforming Tradition: Irish Traditional Music in Ennis (1950-1980), the subject of her Ph.D thesis at UL.


The Award was  presented on the night by Úna Uí Rócháin and the line up of performers included The Boruma Trio (Andrew MacNamara, Eileen O’Brien, Geraldine Cotter, with guest artist Mary MacNamara); Denis Liddy, Jack Talty, Neil O’Loughlin  Damien and Padraic O’Reilly; The Cotter Family; Maeve Donnelly, Charlie Harris, Mairead Casey, The Performing Landscapes Ensemble (Geraldine Cotter, Tim Collins, Eimear and Sharon Howley, Anthony Quigley, Eimear Coughlan, Francis Cunningham and Brian O’Grady) ; Bríd O’Donohue, Cillian Boyd, Jack Talty and the Shaskeen Céilí Band.


Dr Geraldine Cotter receives MÓR  Glór 2017  Award

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 2018 scholarship will be released early in the New Year.

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

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.

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.

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