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Bigger and better at Ceol na Coille

July 13th – 17th, 2015

A growing summer school with a friendly welcome is what awaits when the fourth annual Ceol na Coille week takes place in Letterkenny from Monday July 13th to Friday July 17th.

Paul Harrigan, who runs Ceol na Coille, has been surprised by the numbers turning up in the first three years. There were 17 classes in 2014. It’s expected more will have to be added this summer.

The brand–new facilities at Coláiste Ailigh, the Irish–speaking secondary school in Letterkenny, mean that Ceol na Coille has the perfect base. There will also be a full programme of concerts, recitals and sessions.

Guests lined–up so far include piper Robbie Hannan and fiddler Jesse Smith, who are involved in a pipes and fiddle concert on Tuesday July 14th. The Trí Tones are in concert on Thursday July 16th.

The Earagail Arts Festival is also featuring a big weekend of trad and folk from Friday July 10th to Sunday July 12th.

Tutors for Ceol na Coille include: Rhona Dinkin (concertina), Paul Meehan (guitar), Carmel Gunning (tin whistle), Francis Ward (piano accompaniment), Roisin Harrigan (fiddle), Paul Harrigan (pipes/piano accordion), Orfhlaith NiBhriain (music/ dance) and The Trí Tones members, Tara Breen (fiddle), Conor Moriarty (button accordion), and Stephen Rooney (guitar).

The session trail will take in some wonderful pubs in Letterkenny and outlying villages.

If you’ve heard too much music (no!), Letterkenny is an excellent base for exploring one of Ireland’s most beautiful counties. Grianan of Aileach, Fanad lighthouse, Horn Head, Knockalla Coast Road, Beltony Stone Circle, golden beaches and much more are within driving distance.

Find out more at and also from the Ceol na Coille Facebook page.

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