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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.

SSWC@50 Photographic Exhibition Video

A selection of photographs from past Willie Clancy Summer Schools was compiled to commemorate the 50th summer school in 2022. It was on view in the Community Centre for the duration of last year's school and is now available to watch on YouTube here.

The YouTube logo below is a link to the summer school's channel to which we'll be adding more videos shortly.

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


Please note that all students must pre-register online for this year's summer school. 

Online registration will be available from May 2023.

Registration fee for the week: €140 (euro) plus Eventbrite handling fee. Registered students have free access to lectures, recitals, afternoon events at Mill Marquee, Irish and Scottish Gaelic language classes, and reduced admission to all céilithe. The registration fee does not include the Concert on Saturday 9th July.

All instrumental classes will be graded.

Piping students must pre-register with Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Pre-register online at

Contact or 01 873 0093.

Only the piping classes take musical instrument absolute beginners. Beginners may attend singing and dancing workshops and Dúchas an Cheoil/Scope of Irish Music.

If you have any issues or queries regarding registration please contact the Organising Committee.

Programme  contacts:

Harry Hughes 087-877 3747, Éamon McGivney 087-950 0006, Séamus Ó Rócháin 087-926 4256,

Deirdre Comber 087-673 5172.

Summer school email:

Please do not send queries via Facebook or any of the school's social media channels.

Accommodation contact: Maureen Kilduff 089-232 0498 email:

An accommodation list can be viewed and downloaded here

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Na Píobairí Uilleann Scholarships

Na Píobairí Uilleann will award six piping scholarships for 2023. Applications are open from Thursday 9th March 2023 until 5pm Friday 28th April 2023 (all times IST/GMT+1).

Successful applicants can use their scholarship to attend piping classes at any of the following summer schools:

  • Willie Clancy Summer School – Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare,

  • South Sligo Summer School – Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo,

  • Joe Mooney Summer School – Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim,

  • Scoil Acla – Achill Island, Co. Mayo,

  • Ceol na Coille – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal,

  • Catskills Irish Arts Week – East Durham, N.Y. USA.

Click here for more details and the application form on NPU's website.

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Harp Scholarship

Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland, in partnership with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, is pleased to announce two scholarships for harpers living on the island of Ireland to attend the Willie Clancy Summer School between 1st and 9th of July 2023 to support the rapidly growing interest in Irish harping there.

“The harp recitals at the summer school have become a major attraction for the general public and are now considered one of the highlights of the week’s programme of events, while the number of students participating has grown steadily since we began in 2007” said Harry Hughes, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy Director. “We are very happy to support the attendance of Irish harpers and to acknowledge the very positive work being done by both organisations”.

During this week, harpers will be exposed to the finest harp teachers, traditional musicians, recitals and concerts, making for an immersive learning experience “Cruit Éireann | Harp Ireland’s ongoing partnership with Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy offers an opportunity for harpers to learn from master musicians and to develop their own creative practice as we strive to safeguard and nurture the harping tradition, whilst ensuring that access to harp tuition is available to all”, said Lauren Ní Néill, CÉHI’s CEO. “Scholarship recipients will immerse themselves within the living tradition at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, as togethewe support and strengthen a vibrant, new generation of harpers,” she added.

To apply, please submit a letter clearly marked ‘Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy’ to telling us why you should be considered and include a 2-minute harp recording in .MOV or .MP4 format by 5.30pm, Friday 28th April 2023.

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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