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.

Peter (Peadar) O'Loughlin, a dominant figure in Irish traditional music for over half a century, died in October 2107. He was a tutor and supporter of Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy for many years. The School's tribute to the man and his music can be read here.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy congratulates NPU

Congratulations to Na Píobairí Uilleann on having Uilleann Piping listed on UNESCO’S Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Since its foundation in 1968 Na Píobairí Uilleann has been promoting  the study and practice of this versatile instrument.  There are now uilleann pipers worldwide and  the  distinctive sound of the uilleann pipes is intrinsically part of Irish cultural  identity.

Congratulations also to the National Foklore Collection at Unversity College Dublin where the Irish Folklore Commission’s collection of 1935-1970 has been inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in recognition of its outstanding universal value to culture. The 1935-1970 collection forms the core of the National Folklore Collection, an Institute recognised as one of Europe’s largest archives of oral tradition and cultural history.


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 shortly.

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.

TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2018 Awards


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy congratulates all recipients of the 2018 TG4  Awards: Frankie Gavin and Maura O’Keeffe,  and particularly those who  have associations with the Summer School as performers or tutors: Patsy Hanly, Maire Ní Chéilleachair, Clare Friel and Pádragáin Ní Uallacháin. The School also congratulates the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe band for excellence in piping.

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.

 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

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


© Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018   Website: Tony Kearns