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 with instrument and dance classes, lectures, workshops, recitals and céilithe all through the week.


Unfortunately, due to the continuing restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, all summer school events and activities will be online for 2021.

Please see the Online School page for details  of the 2021 programme.

Please note that dance classes with Noel Devery, Maureen O'Reilly and Mairéad Casey have been added to the programme.

In order to defray some of the costs of running the 49th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy there will be a fee of €60 for the week’s tuition, and a fee of €10 to view any one of the seven pre-recorded events on the programme.


Registration for tuition is now open - please go to https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/156504833169 

and click on the Register button.

Tickets for the pre-recorded events are also available on this link.

Organising Committee: 

Harry Hughes (Administrator) tel. 086 877 3747 

Eamon McGivney tel. 065 708 7417 or 087 950 0006 

Séamus Ó Rócháin tel. 087 926 4256 

Deirdre Comber tel. 087-673 5172

and the coordinators of classes/workshops and venue managers.


Email: scoilwclancy73@gmail.com


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.

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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy would like to congratulate Louise Mulcahy on receipt of the Arts Council’s Markievicz Award. The Award was presented by Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. Louise is a noted uilleann piper and flute player who has performed and tutored at the Willie Clancy Summer School for many years. She was recognized as an exceptional talent at an early stage and was part of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s A New Dawn publication of young pipers in 1999. Her first solo album Tuning the Road was released in 2014 and launched at the summer school. She is currently researching the role of women in uilleann piping in the 20th century.

The Mulcahys, from Abbeyfeale, are a highly-regarded traditional music family,  much in demand as performers and tutors at festivals,  summer schools and cultural events in Ireland and overseas. With her sister, multi-instrumentalist Michelle, and father,  accordion- player Mick, she has toured extensively, bringing Irish traditional music to worldwide audiences.  The family are acknowledged as excellent ambassadors for the traditional music heritage.

The Markievicz Award, administered by the Arts Council on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Culture,  Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport & Media, was established in memory of Countess Markievicz, revolutionary and artist.  It is designed to support artists to develop their craft and produce art that recognizes and commemorates the role of women in the historical period covered by the Decade of Centenaries (2012-2023) and beyond.

Louise is a worthy recipient of this prestigious award and at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy we are delighted with the recognition she has received. 

We wish her continued success in her musical and academic projects. 

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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is saddened to learn of the death of Seán Corcoran. A  noted traditional singer, song collector and cultural activist, Seán was involved with the summer school  at various times as tutor and lecturer.  In recent years he presented a series of in-depth practical workshops on  the Irish and English language song traditions. He was scheduled to give a lecture on the Sam Henry song collection at the 2021 school.

We extend our sympathies  to his  family and many colleagues and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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. 

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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy have had a long association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive whose ITMA Field Recording team are in attendance every year  to record all official events for the archive.