South Sligo Summer School set for July

The South Sligo Summer School is scheduled to run from July 10 to July 16 this year with a packed programme of formal and informal events for the week, including masterclasses, céilís, workshops, talks, concerts, sessions and more.

Based in Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, the school places a particular emphasis on the Sligo style of fiddle and flute playing and this, alongside an extended range of workshops and new innovative elements each year, attracts people of all ages and abilities from near and far to attend and spend a week of total immersion in the local culture.

Dartry CéilI Band

Full Programme


Daily workshops for all ages across a wide range of traditional instruments, singing and dancing.

July 11-16 10am-1pm (10am-12pm on 16):
St. Attracta’s Community School: Fiddle, Flute, Whistle, Button Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Mixed Instruments for Adults 
North Connaught College: Uilleann Pipes, Bodhrán
Teach Laighne: Traditional Singing and Lilting, Sean-Nós Singing
Kennedy Picture Framing: Harp
St. Brigid’s Hall: Set Dancing,
July 11-15: 2.30pm-5.15pm
St. Brigid’s Hall: Sean-Nós Dance
  • Leonard Barry (Uilleann Pipes – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Aileen Bourke (Concertina – Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Jarlath Brennan (Banjo – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Junior Davey (Bodhrán – Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Fiona Doherty (Mixed Instruments for Adults)
  • Stephen Doherty (Flute – Advanced)
  • Tommy Doherty (Button Accordion – Improver/Intermediate)
  • David Doocey (Fiddle – Improver)
  • John Dwyer (Whistle – Advanced)
  • Marian Egan (Whistle – Intermediate)
  • Declan Foran (Fiddle – Advanced – Sligo Style)
  • Bernie Geraghty (Concertina – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Holly Geraghty (Harp – Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Daithí Gormley (Button Accordion – Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Fiachra Guihen (Harp – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Séamus Hernon (Flute – Improver)
  • Kerrie Herrity (Banjo – Intermediate/Advanced)
  • Michael Hurley (Flute – Intermediate)
  • Caoimhe Kearins (Fiddle – Intermediate)
  • Fionnuala Kerins (Whistle – Improver)
  • Oisín Mac Diarmada (Fiddle – Advanced – Sligo Style)
  • Shane McGowan (Guitar – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Conal McCormack (Bodhrán – Improver/Intermediate)
  • Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin (Sean-Nós Singing)
  • Eiméar Mulvey (Sean-Nós Dance – All Levels)
  • Pat Murphy (Set Dancing – All Levels)
  • Siobhán O’Donnell (Traditional Singing and Lilting)
  • Séamie O’Dowd (Guitar – Intermediate/Advanced)
Leonard Barry
Kerrie Herrity
Caoimhe Kearins
Oisín Mac Diarmada
Caitríona Ní Cheannabháin
Séamie O'Dowd
Daily lectures from 2.30pm-3.30pm in St. Brigid’s Hall
  • July 11: The World of Francis O’Neill, Collector and Cop, presented by Michael O’Malley 
  • July 12: In Nearly Every House – Irish Traditional Musicians of North Connacht, presented by Gregory Daly
  • July 13: Great Duets of the Sligo Tradition, presented by Daithí Gormley
  • July 14: The Making of a Traditional Irish Album, presented by Brian Hughes and Dave Sheridan
  • July 15: Musicians and Entertainers from Killavil and Surrounding Area, presented by John Joe Brennan
Daily céilithe in St. Brigid’s Hall from 8.30pm-11.30pm 
  • July 10: Swallow’s Tail
  • July 11: Matt Cunningham Céilí Band
  • July 12: Dartry Céilí Band
  • July 13: Salamanca Céilí Band
  • July 14: Swallow’s Tail
  • July 15: Salamanca Céilí Band
  • July 16: Glenside Céilí Band



  • July 11: Tribute to Declan Folan (St. Attracta’s Community School) 8pm-11pm
  • July 12: Fiddle, Flute and Whistle Recital (The May Queen) 8pm-10pm
  • July 13: Button Accordion, Concertina, Banjo and Guitar Recital (The May Queen) 8pm-10pm
  • July 14: Bodhrán, Harp, Uilleann Pipes, Sean Nós and Traditional Singing Recital (The May Queen) 8pm-10pm
  • July 15: Grand Traditional Concert (Venue TBC) 8pm-10pm
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