Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019

Sráid na Cathrach, Co. an Chláir  6ú Iúil - 14ú Iúil.

The 47th Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland. Saturday 6th July to Sunday 14th July, 2019.

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 47th Summer School will take place between Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 14th 2019 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.


A list of available accommodation can now be downloaded here.

Organising Committee:

Harry Hughes


 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.

Details about this year's tribute to Tony MacMahon, special Appalachian Clogging - Step Dancing workshops and CD and book launches are on the News page. The Lectures page now has comprehensive descriptions of each lecture.

The Irish language broadcaster TG4 is offering scholarships to attend Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019. Details can be found here - please note that the closing date for applications is Sunday June 16th.

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 2019 scholarship and other scholarships can be found here.

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

Comhghairdeas /Congratulations

To  all TG4 Gradam Ceoil Winners 2019: Thomas McCarthy, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill,  Conor Connolly, Brendan Mulkere, and especially our long-time tutors,  Catherine McEvoy, and Nickie and Anne McAuliffe.

From  all at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.

Comhghairdeas /Congratulations

To  renowned concertina player Chris Droney who is the 2018 recipient of the MÓRglór Award.  This is  a well deserved tribute to   a musician who has made an enormous contribution to Irish traditional music over many decades.  Chris has played with many leading céilí bands, toured nationally and internationally,  and released three critically and popularly acclaimed  solo  albums, namely, The Flowing Tide, The Fertile Rock and Down From Bell Harbour.


He has received many awards over the years including a Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Bardic Award, Clare  Person of the Year Award, and  a TG4 Gradam Saoil Award in 2014, the same year he officially opened the 42nd Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy.


All of us at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy extend congratulations to Chris, his wife Margaret and family on the presentation of this prestigious award which took place in Glór on November 17th 2018.

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.

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.

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


© Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy 2019   Website: Tony Kearns