Irish Music Summer School 2017

Welcome to the Ceol na Coille’s 6th Annual Summer School of Irish Traditional Music in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, in association with The Wild Atlantic Way & Fáilte Ireland

The Summer School comprises a 5-day programme of workshops and performances from Monday 10th July to Friday 14th July, 2017

Learn Irish Traditional Music in a county known for its culture, its beauty and friendliness. We welcome enthusiasts – adults and children from beginners to advanced levels on a full range of instruments, and boast a list of first-class tutors. A busy programme of classes, workshops, recitals, nightly sessions and concerts.
Immerse yourself in Irish Traditional Music and song in a fun, relaxed and welcoming environment amid some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland – a great week of music and fun for all.

We pride ourselves on delivering a high standard of tuition in all our classes and activities

More information about this years tutors can be seen here Tutors.


Intermediate & Advanced Classes (All Ages)

Where: Colaiste Ailigh   When: 10am-4pm Daily

What: These classes cater for those who have some level of proficiency in Traditional Music and who wish to either rekindle their musical flame or further develop their instrumental skills. The programme provides a high level of specialist tuition provided by some of our finest Traditional performers.

Adult Beginner

WhereColáiste Ailigh When: 10am-4pm Daily

What: These classes cater for Adults who already have had  some exposure to  music and wish to develop their skills. Classes are mixed instrumental, and again are delivered in a fun and encouraging environment.

CPD Summer Course - Traditional Irish Music

WhereColáiste Ailigh When: 10am-4pm Daily

What: This course is suitable for Primary School Teachers and is DES approved. The course offers an integrated approach to Irish Music Pedagogy by enhancing the delivery of the music curriculum for children aged 6 – 12. More Info

Trad Camp

Beginners & Improvers (9yrs+)

Where: Colaiste Ailigh   When: 10am-1pm Daily

What: These classes cater for young musicians who already have had  some exposure to  music and wish to develop their skills. Classes are mixed instrumental, and again are delivered in a fun and encouraging environment.

Introduction to Irish Traditional Music (6-8yrs)

Where: Colaiste Ailigh   When: 10am-1pm Daily

What: These classes are designed to give your child an opportunity to try different instruments without the expense of purchasing one. The course introduces children to traditional music and a wide range of instruments in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Club Gaelach (6+ years)

Where: Coláiste Ailigh   When: 1.20pm – 4pm  Monday – Thursday

What: Fun activities through the medium of Irish ‘Spraoi le Club Gaelach Ailigh G’  This is for the pupils attending the Intro and Beginners classes. The classes will give the pupils an opportunity to take part in activities through the medium of Irish. Activities include music, sport and art.

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Students at this years Ceol na Coille Summer School entertain family and friends at Fridays  concert

Traditional Singing Workshop

with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh

Where: Colaiste Ailigh When: 10am – 4pm Wednesday the 12th July (One Day Workshop)

Limited Places | Booking pre-booking essential

Adult Irish language classes

with Caitlín Ní Bhroin

Where: Coláiste Ailigh When: 10am-1pm Daily

What: Learn Irish in a relaxed, informal atmosphere with an experienced tutor who is specialised in working with adult learners of Irish. Learn new sentences, have conversations in Irish with other learners, find out more about our local placenames and have fun learning traditional Irish language folk songs.

Join the Fun


Where: Coláiste Ailigh When: 3 –  4pm Daily

What: Daily Recitals by Summer School Tutors and invited guest musicians

Meet The Maker

Where: Colaiste Ailigh When: 3.30 – 5pm Wednesday 12th

What: Come and meet instrument makers and repairers. Details posted shortly


Monday 10th July

In Association with House Venue 

Ceol na nOg

Featuring local groups Coirm & Na Gealáin with guest local and visiting musicians

Where: House Venue, Main street, Letterkenny

When: Monday 10th July 8pm Admission: Free


Tuesday 11th July

In Association with House   

Glór na mBan

featuring Roisin McGrory, Clodagh Warnock, Joleen McLaughlin, Joanne O’Connor, Edel McLaughlin, Deirdre Millane and special guests

Where: House Venue, Main Street Letterkenny

When: 8pm Tuesday 11th July Admission: Free


Wednesday 12th July

In Association with the Regional Cultural Centre  

Ceolchoirm le Ceol na Coille

featuring tutors from the summer school, Gerry O’Connor, Paul O’Shaughnessy, Cormac de Bara, Martin Quinn, Paul Meehan, Robbie Harris and special guests.

Tickets €12/€10 available from: / +353 (0)74 20777

Nightly Session Trail

Sunday 9th July Mc Cafferty’s Mountain Top 9-12pm

Monday 10th 6-7pm  & 9-11pm House Wine Bar & Tap Room/Blake’s Bar 10-12pm

Tuesday  11th 6-8pm & 10 -12pm House Wine Bar & Tap Room/ Blake’s Bar 10-12pm

Wednesday 12th  6-8pm & 10-12pm House Wine Bar & Tap Room/Blake’s Bar 10-12pm

Thursday 13th  6-8pm & 10-12pm House Wine Bar & Tap Room/ Dillon’s Hotel 8.30- 12pm

Friday 14th Mc Cafferty’s Mountain Top 9-12pm

What you will Experience

Our programme offers you the opportunity to partake in sessions, concerts and recitals and to experience traditional Irish music in an authentic and intimate setting.

It is delivered by nationally renowned and highly-qualified tutors, experts in the traditional genre and is led by musician and former All-Ireland Champion for both Uilleann Pipes and Piano Accordion, Paul Harrigan, a native  of Donegal and founder of Ceol na Coille.Whether you are traveling alone, as a couple, small group or family Ceol na Coille will work with you to ensure that your time spent in Donegal enables you to sample the best of our musical traditions.

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For further details contact Paul at:
Telephone: 00353 (0)876774601    E-mail: 


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