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Scoil Acla, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

July 27th – August 3rd 2013

The annual Scoil Acla summer school takes place on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. Scoil Acla is Irelands oldest summer school, originally founded in 1910 and re–launched in 1985. Scoil Acla follows the usual format of daily music classes which run from Monday to Saturday on the following instruments, accordion, banjo, flute, concertina, fiddle, harp, tin whistle, uilleann pipes and bodhrán with beginners, intermediate and advanced students being catered for on all instruments. Other workshops available are creative writing, basket weaving, dancing and a course on Gaeilg’ Acla, the Achill dialect of Irish. Throughout the week they have recitals, poetry readings, creative writing readings, indoor and outdoor concerts, sessions, walks, talks and much more.

Scoil Acla invites a musician in residence each year to attend the summer school. Previous musicians in residence include: John E Lavelle, Joe Burke and Ann Conroy Burke, Liam O’Connor, John Carty, Mary Bergin, Laoise Kelly, Catherine McEvoy, Michael O’Raghallaigh, Mick O’Brien,Treasa Ní Cheannabhain and Brenndán Ó Beaglaoich many of whom have joined them as tutors. Why not join them on Irelands largest island for a summer school of music, culture, history agus gaeilge.

‘Ó nach breá a bheith ag siúl na trá, is ag fánaíocht faoin spéir,
Faoi dhraíocht ag cur na mara ann, is a cheol i ndeireadh lae,
In Acaill aoibhinn álainn glas is binne glór na n–éan,
Ó gabh i leith, tabhair cuairt gan teip, ar a muintir Ghaelach
shéimh’ (Brian Ó Baoill 2010)

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