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.

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.

Dr Geraldine Cotter Congratulations from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy


All at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy are delighted to know that Dr Geraldine Cotter, renowned tin whistle and piano player from Ennis, is the recipient of the 2017 MÓR glór Award.

 The MÓR glór Award, named after the late Muiris Ó Rócháin, co-founder and long-time Director of the summer school, recognises the importance of professional and semi-professional artists, as well as  talented individuals, groups and communities working on developing music and the traditional arts in Co Clare.  The award acknowledges the huge contribution that Geraldine has made to Irish traditional music in Clare.

Geraldine has taught tin-whistle at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy for many years and is one of the tutors on the Primary Teachers’ Courses  at the summer school. She gave the Breandán Breathnach Memorial lecture at the opening of the summer school in 2016. She has lectured at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is currently a Teaching Fellow in Music Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

Dr Cotter has several publications to her credit, among these are Transforming Tradition: traditional music in Ennis 1950-1980, Rogha Geraldine Cotter, and Geraldine Cotter’s Tin Whistle Tutor. Her family are steeped in traditional music and her mother Dympna was a well known music teacher who taught piano to hundreds of pupils throughout Clare.

In recognition of her achievements, there will be a concert in Glór, Ennis, on the 14 October 2017 featuring many leading traditional musicians, dancers and 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.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy appreciates greatly the Clare County Council workers who have kept the town so clean during the week. Well done! Excellent job. Thank you.

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