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Please note!

The 2024 Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy is now over. The Committee wish to thank the students and their families, tutors, summer school staff, residents and business owners in Miltown Malbay, and all those who contributed to what was a very successful summer school. We look forward to welcoming everybody again in 2025.

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:

Please do not send queries to the summer school's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter/X accounts.

A full list of instrument tutors can be viewed here

Accommodation contact: Maureen Kilduff 089-232 0498 email:

An accommodation list can be viewed and downloaded here


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.


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 of all SSWC videos.

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

Photo exhibition

The Design Bank, in association with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, will host an exhibition of Tony Kearns's photographs in their premises at the Square, Miltown Malbay until Saturday July 20th. The exhibition features images taken by Tony over many summer schools since 1992. The Design Bank is open every day from 11am to 7pm.

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Documentary film: Legacy of the Piper

Legacy of The Piper - Miltown Malbay is an in-depth feature length documentary/film on the life of Willie Clancy and the impact of  Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy on Irish traditional music & culture.


The production of the film by Roots Reel Films was made possible in consultation with, and support from, the organising committee of the summer school. Filming started in 2022, the 50th year of the school, and concluded in 2023, on its 51st anniversary.


The documentary is a powerful visual medium, informing the viewer of the roots and growth of the legacy of Willie Clancy, and the birth & development of the summer school, a transformative event in the history of Irish traditional music, at home and internationally.


The film is interwoven with personal experiences, observations and reflections from a wide range of interviews, including family & friends of Willie Clancy, traditional musicians, tutors, members of the organising committee, students, and many more.


Yuvi Basanth, the film's director, would like to express gratitude to all who have made Legacy of the Piper - Miltown Malbay possible by sharing their memories, time and experiences.


The film - produced without any  sponsorship or grant aid - will have its premiere on Wednesday 10th July at the Miltown Malbay Community Centre.

Please support the project by purchasing the film on DVD or USB formats. You can contact Yuvi at

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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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