Scoil Éigse 2017


Ennis, 13th – 18th August 2017

Scoil Éigse is the official summer school organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann where Irish people and international students of all ages register for the various instrumental music, singing, dancing and Irish language classes.

The school provides workshops, lectures and sessions during Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

It is the flagship event in the Comhaltas Education programme. Scoil Éigse provides a broad-based cultural educational experience for students, their families, other visitors and the general public.

RTE’s Kieran Hanrahan, himself a tutor at Scoil Éigse for many years and from Ennis, is Director of Scoil Éigse.


Cost for the week’s activities is €135 which includes the classes, all the afternoon recitals, Club Éigse, and the Tutors’ concert.


Phone: +353 1 2800295



Daily classes are central to the week’s purpose. Students are placed in appropriately graded instrumental music classes -fiddle, flute, whistle, button-accordion, piano accordion, concertina, banjo, harp, uilleann-pipes and piano-accompaniment, as well as traditional singing and amhránaíocht classes, dancing and conversational Irish classes. A mixed-instrument class also exists for adults only. Classes take place in a number of Ennis venues. We also offer a Foundation level course for students aged from 12 – 18 with an intellectual disability.


Apart from the daily classes, Scoil Éigse also affords the students and their parents and friends an opportunity to hear the tutors in a performance setting each afternoon.

The Scoil Éigse recital series is usually among the hottest tickets in town. These exciting events are free and are considered an important part of the learning experience for the students.

Not to be missed!


Club Éigse

Each day is capped off with the Club Éigse, a series of Irish Traditional music sessions, featuring a group of tutors who take to the stage and encourage all the students to participate in the session. This session can feature up to two hundred and fifty musicians. It is very much a fun element of Scoil Éigse and it complements the formal tuition process in class. Through this mentored session students are provided with an appropriate setting to experience ‘learning and playing in authentic session situations'.


The team of international tutors is made up of master performers with proven track records as teachers and educationalists. The primary means of teaching and learning is ‘by ear’ with an emphasis in the less experienced classes of assisting pupils to develop oral/aural skills in addition to instrumental competency and developing core repertoire. In the advanced classes pupils’ command of instrument and overall technique and musicianship is the primary focus in addition to extending the students repertoire and their ability to transfer the skills learnt in class to other musical situations.

All welcome

There is no age limit at the Scoil Éigse and certainly no generation gap. Enthusiasm knows no age barriers and whether you are keen on learning sean nós dancing or making a comeback on the accordion you will find fellow pupils to join you in a session, to exchange tunes, songs or steps. Beginners are accepted only in the dancing and traditional singing streams.