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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.

Organising Committee: 

Harry Hughes (Administrator) tel. 086 877 3747 

Éamon 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.


Please direct all enquiries to:


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.


New Facebook page

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy has been forced to create a new official Facebook page due to circumstances beyond its control. In recent months Facebook decided to no longer support the original account for the summer school and closed it down despite the school’s best efforts to retain the associated pages. One of the pages has disappeared and the other is visible but it cannot be accessed at all, so it is floating in cyberspace like an abandoned satellite. Please click on the Facebook logo below to access the new Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Oifigiúil page is on the social media strip below and like and/or follow if you are a regular Facebook user.

SSWC apologises for the inconvenience and confusion that may arise but it is completely out of their hands.

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The 50th Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy: this significant date was marked by the return of a full  summer school to the communities associated with the event: Miltown Malbay, Mullagh, Quilty and Spanish Point.

The Covid crisis necessitated a hiatus of two years during which the summer school functioned virtually via Zoom and other platforms, thereby maintained crucial links with tutors, students and followers. But the real event was what everyone waited for and that was run successfully from 2nd to 10th July 2022.

Please note that all information on this site pertains to the 2022 summer school. We will be updating the site with info for the 2023 summer school in due course. 

For a list of the Summer School's sponsors and benefactors please visit the About page.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy wish to sympathise with the family of Séamus Begley on his recent passing. Since the introduction of the accordion at the Scoil Samhraidh and, indeed before that, the Begley family from west Kerry have always been regular participants at the school, both as teachers and performers. Séamus played and sang many times at official events, and was regularly present in sessions (in Hennessy’s pub in particular in earlier years). His presence will be greatly missed at the summer school in 2023 and in future summer schools. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Séamus Begley performing at the summer school's tribute to Bobby Gardiner, July 5th 2022. Photo: Tony Kearns.

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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.

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