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.

Change of Venues at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2018


Major reconstruction work at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point, means that this venue is not available for summer school classes this year.


Fiddle tutors and students are advised to assemble at the Marquee in the GAA grounds, Spanish Point Rd, (which will be signposted), between 8.30am and 9.00am on Monday morning, 9th July. There they will be informed of the venues for grading and assignment to classes  and stewards will be on hand to bring them to these designated venues in and around Miltown Malbay.


People attending the harmonica workshops should go to the portacabin at the airfield in Spanish Point. This location will be signposted.


The singing workshops and Dúchas an Cheoil programme will be located at the Church of Ireland and Church of Ireland Community Centre in Spanish Point.  These locations will be signposted.


The banjo classes will be  located in Mullagh and students and tutors are advised to assemble at the Sports Centre, (which will be signposted), for grading and assignment to classes.  Stewards will be on hand to bring people to the various venues around the village.


Please note that registration for classes takes place on Saturday, 7th July, at the Community Centre, between 2pm-6pm, and on Sunday 8th July, at the same place, between 4.30pm-7.30pm. For convenience, it is advised that people register at these times.


Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy appreciates the cooperation of the people and committees who have provided premises for class venues during  the 2018 summer school. Thank you.


Details about classes, fees, venues, enrolment and accommodation can be found by going to the Information page. Please check the Full Calendar page for registration dates and times for classes.

Details about Joe Burke opening this year's Summer School, a tribute to Tommy Peoples, this year's special dance workshops and more are on the News page.

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.

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.


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.


To read or download the School's Child Welfare and Safeguarding Policy please click here.

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 and other scholarships can be seen here.

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. Click here  for more information.

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.

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

Úna Uí Rócháin, the wife of the late co-founder and director of the Summer School Muiris Ó Rócháin, died in March 2018. Muireann Ní Dhuigneáin's moving tribute to Úna can be read here.

Peter (Peadar) O'Loughlin, a dominant figure in Irish traditional music for over half a century, died in October 2017. 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.

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