27ú Scoil Samhraidh 1999

Willie Clancy

Annual Summer School

3rd July – 11th July

Dé Sathairn, 3ú Iúil (Saturday, 3rd July)

2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Clárú  Enrolment in Community Hall, Miltown Malbay. Enrolment also at the various venues on Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. All Public Lectures and Recitals for the week will be held at Community Hall.
8:00 p.m. Oscailt  Official Opening by Francis McPeake, Director, Clonard School of Music, Belfast.
8:30 p.m. Breandán Breathnach Memorial Lecture: "Gaelic Song in Ireland and Scotland – a common heritage" by Ian Lee, Archivist and Producer R.T.E.

Dé Domhnaigh, 4ú Iúil (Sunday, 4rd July)

10:00 a.m. Aifreann i nGaeilge (Mass in Irish)
3:00 p.m. Musical Tribute at Willie Clancy’s Grave
9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Céilithe for set dancers will be held nightly at the Mill Theatre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay and Quilty Tavern, Quilty. Reduced price for registered students at all Céilithe from Monday to Saturday afternoon. These are the only official Céilithe conducted by the School.

Dé Luain, 5ú Iúil (Monday, 5th July)

All Classes and Workshops will be held daily from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday.
Beginners may attend the Scope of Irish Music or the Traditional Singing Workshop or the Set Dancing Classes. There are no classes for beginners in instrumental music except on pipes. Classes will be graded in all instruments. In instrumental music the following will be the approximate number of graded classes: Piping 14; Whistle 14; Flute 14; Concertina 6; Accordion 6; Fiddle 30.


10:00 a.m. to
1:00 p.m.

Piping Classes and Pipers Workshop in Social Services Centre, Ballard Road and Private Houses.
Whistle and Flute Classes in National School and St. Joseph’s G.A.A. Club House and in Private Houses.
Concertina Classes in National School.
Button Accordion Classes (double and single row) will be graded at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point and allocated to various venues in Spanish Point afterwards.
Fiddle Classes at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point. Workshops on West and East Clare fiddle styles will be held in addition to the regular fiddle classes and these workshops will cater only for advanced fiddle players. Demonstrations by noted fiddlers will be a feature of the fiddle tuition for the week.
Beginners: Steps for sets plus Polka and Ballinascarty Half-Set at Central Hall, Miltown Malbay.
Victora (North Cork / East Kerry), Polka Set (Ardgroom, Co. Cork) and Lancer Set (Windgap, Co. Kilkenny) at Golf Club, Spanish Point.
Labasheeda Reel Set, Black Valley Square Jig, West Kerry, Sliabh gCua at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point.
Caledonian Set and Conamara Set at St. Joseph’s G.A.A., Miltown Malbay.
Orange and Green, Clare Lancers, Valentia Island right and left, Kenmare Polka Set, South Galway Reel Set at Community Hall, Miltown Malbay.
Two old style traditional step dancing classes at Quilty Tavern, Quilty. These classes will be graded.
Conamara Reel Set, Tyrawley Set, Fermanagh Set, in Mill Theatre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay.
Steps and rhythm of the Clare Set, Battering, etc. at Social Services Centre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay.
Traditional Singing Workshops at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point.
These will take the form of lectures, group discussions, class participation and demonstrations by traditional singers in Irish and English. These workshops will be conducted by Ian Lee, Archivist, R.T.E. and Brian Mullan, B.B.C., Radio Foyle. These are not singing classes.
The Scope of Irish Music – a week-long introduction to the Irish musical tradition.
Paddy Glackin, renowned traditional fiddle player and Cathal Goan, an expert on traditional singing will conduct this course. During the course, masters of the fiddle, flute, whistle, concertina, uilleann pipes, dancing, and singing (in Irish and English) will demonstrate their crafts and discuss them with the students. This course will be held at the Library, St. Joseph’s, Spanish Point.

3:00 p.m.

Public Lecture – "Irish Culture in Quebec – Irish influence on the French Canadian Tradition" by Joahanne Trew, Music Archivist, University of Limerick.
8:00 p.m. Fiddle Recital in Community Hall with Paddy Canny, Paddy Glackin, Paddy Cronin, Tommy Peoples, James Kelly, Maire O’Keeffe, Martin Hayes, Joe Ryan, Brendan McGlinchey, Bobby Casey, Kevin O’Reilly, John Kelly, Joe Rynne, Eamon McGivney, Dermey Diamond, Siobhán Peoples, Connie Connell, P.J. Hayes, Denis McMahon, Nicholas McAuliffe, Michael Kelleher, Ben Lennon, Peadár Ó Lochlainn, Aoife O’Keeffe, Francie Donnellan, Tony Linnane, Aine O’Connell, John Moloney, Bernadette McCarthy, Emma O’Leary, Liam O’Connor, Donal O’Connor, Paul Bradley, Óisín MacDiarmada.

Dé Máirt, 6ú Iúil (Tuesday, 6th July)

10:00 a.m. –
1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. Seminar: "Problematics in Traditional Music – education and copyright". Speaker: Fintan Vallely, Musician and Writer; Anthony McGann, Fulbright Scholar, Smithsonian Institute, Washington.  Chairperson: Nicholas Carolan, Director Irish Traditional Music Archive.
8:00 p.m. Whistle and Flute Recital in Community Hall with P.J. Crotty, Sean Potts, Roger Sherlock, Niall Keegan, Anne Sheehy, Seán Ryan, Fintan Vallely, Brid O’Donoghue, Leon Agnew, Mick Crehan, Tommy Keane, Tara Diamond, Eamon Cotter, Anne O’Leary, Paul Roche, Marcus O Murchú, Francis McPeake, Francis O'Connor, Billy Clifford, Kevin Crawford, Mick Hand, Paul McGrattan, Catherine McEvoy, Marion McCarthy, Geraldine Cotter, Adrian McCarron, Triona Hayes, Martin Dowling.

Dé Ceadaoin, 7ú Iúil (Wednesday, 7th July)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WORKSHOP and CLASSES as Monday.
3:00 p.m. Public Lecture: "James Keane and the Dancing Tradition of the Labasheeda Area" by Michael Tubridy, Musician and Dancer.
8:00 p.m. Piping Recital at Community Hall.
The Pipers taking part will be selected by Na Píobairí Uilleann.

Dé Deardaoin, 8ú Iúil (Thursday, 8th July)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WORKSHOP and CLASSES as Monday.
3:00 p.m. Seminar: "The Media and Traditional Music".
Speakers: Cathal Goan, Ceannasaí, Teilifís na Gaeilge; Áine Hensey, Broadcaster, Raidió na Gaeltachta; Pat Ahern, Examiner Journalist.
Chairperson: Dermot McLaughlin, Artform Director, the Arts Council.
8:00 p.m. An evening of Old Style Step and Traditional Set Dancing conducted by Joe O’Donovan. Invited dancers from different counties will take part.

Dé hAoine, 9ú Iúil (Friday, 9th July)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WORKSHOP and CLASSES as Monday.
3:00 p.m. An afternoon of Traditional Singing in Irish and English with the following singers: Séan O Liatháin, Conor Murphy, Tríona and Máiread Ní Dhomhnaill, Jimmy O’Brien, Áine Ní Dhonnchadha, Helen Hayes, Treasa Ní Mhiolláin, Paidí Mharthain MacGearailt, Sean MacCraith.
8:00 p.m. Concertina Recital in Community Hall with Noel Hill, Tommy McCarthy, Padraig Rynne, Gerald Haugh, Gerry Commane, Mary McNamara, Aoife O’Connor, Hugh Healy, Yvonne Griffin, Brid Meaney, Jackie McCarthy, Marty O’Keeffe, Francis Droney, Kitty Hayes, etc.

Dé Sathairn, 10ú Iúil (Saturday, 10th July)

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. WORKSHOP and CLASSES as Monday.
7:00 p.m. Ceol Choirm Mhór
Top class Traditional Concert in Community Hall with Leading Traditional Artistes. The concert will be from 7:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Dé Domhnaigh, 11ú Iúil (Sunday, 11th July)

10:00 a.m. Aifreann i nGaeilge le Cór Chúil Aodha, (Seán O Riada Mass with Coolea Choir)
At St. Joseph’s Church, Miltown Malbay.





Date Mill Theatre,
Miltown Malbay
Quilty Tavern, Quilty
Sat. 3rd 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Kilfenora Céilí Band
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Four Courts Céilí Band
Sun. 4th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Michael Sexton Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Abbey Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Mon. 5th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Abbey Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Four Courts Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Michael Sexton
Tues. 6th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Four Star Trio

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Tulla Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
P.J. Hernon and
Swallows Tail
Wed. 7th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Michael Sexton Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Four Courts Céilí Band
Thurs. 8th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Michael Sexton Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Tulla Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Matt Cunningham
Fri. 9th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Abbey Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Michael Sexton
Sat. 10th 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Glenside Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Kilfenora Céilí Band

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Four Courts Céilí Band

9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Esker Riada

  • Reduced admission to all registered students to Céilithe
  • Free admission for all registered students to afternoon lectures and evening recitals
  • By supporting the official céilithe you help the school in promoting Irish music, song and dance
  • Two special céilithe will be arranged by Larry Lynch at Bellbridge Hotel
  • Dance Tutors for 1999 include Pádraig O’Dea, Terry Moylan, Jerry O’Reilly, Irene Martin, Mary Friel, Eileen O’Doherty, Larry Lynch, James Keane, Celine Tubridy, Brenda Hogan, Paddy Neylon, Aidan Vaughan, Betty McCoy, Paddy and Carolyn Hanafin, Paddy and Phil Queally, Mick Mulkerrins, Mairéad Casey and various assistants.


Éarlamh na Scoile (School Patron)
Dr. Pádraig Ó hIrighle
Former President of Ireland
Programme Director & Secretary:
Muiris O Rócháin, telephone: 065 – 7084148
Administrative Director:
Harry Hughes, telephone: 065 – 7084281
Music Liaison: Eamon McGivney.

TÁILLE (Fee) £60 (Irish) £60 (Sterling) or $100.
The fee covers all classes, workshops (morning) lectures (afternoon), evening recitals and reduced price to céilithe.

TÁILLE SCOILE CHUIG: (School fee payable to):
Muiris Ó Rócháin or Harry Hughes, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy, Miltown Malbay, nó ar chlarú I Sráid na Cathrach (or on registering in Miltown Malbay).

All students will have to arrange their own accommodation and transport. A list of available accommodation in the locality can be had from Muiris Ó Rócháin or Harry Hughes, Miltown Malbay.

We are especially grateful to the following for financial aid to the 1999 school:


Táimíd fiorbhuíoch do:

Pádraig Cleary, Mayday Management Consultants, Limerick,
Brooks Academy, Na Piobairí Uilleann, Mick O’Connor,
Lucht Riartha Halla an Phobail agus an Scoil Náisiúnta,
Sráid na Cathrach, The Central Hall, Miltown Malbay,
Coiste Gairm Oideachais an Chláir,
Board of Management, St. Joseph’s Secondary School,
Spanish Point, Spanish Point Golf Club,
ClareCare, St. Joseph’s G.A.A. Club, Miltown Malbay
ar an cábhair a fuaireamar uatha i slite difriúla.


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