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Scoil Samhraidh 2024
Summer School 2024

Dé Domhnaigh 28ú Iúil – Dé Sathairn 3ú Lúnasa
Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August


Scoil Acla Announces
Artist in Residence 2024

Dé Domhnaigh 28ú Iúil – Dé Sathairn 3ú Lúnasa
Sunday 28th July – Saturday 3rd August

A Celebration of
Achill’s Pipe Bands

Óstán Oileán Acla – Saturday 1st of April 2023

‘Oileán m’Aislingí’

by John Twin McNamara

What we do…

Scoil Acla as an organisation promotes traditional arts and supports artists throughout the year on Achill Island, Co. Mayo. The highlight of the year is our Annual Summer School which takes place for a week in July and attracts hundreds of students, tutors and artists to Achill. The very first Summer School was established 1910, and the event has been run by our voluntary committee every year in Achill since its relaunch in 1985 – up to 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic forced the summer school to adapt and move online for two years.

Tours &

Are you a tour group, school or college? Would you like to learn all about Irish Traditional music in a fun and relaxed setting in one of the most beautiful places on earth? – Scoil Acla has you covered! We have given lectures on local history, our musical culture and how musical instruments are made!

Why not Contact us to enquire today!?

Music Classes

Our local classes run right through Autumn, Winter and into Spring! At Scoil Acla, we believe in the proverb “Mól an Óige agus tíochfaigh siad”. We are proud to have taught hundreds of locals over the years on a variety of different instruments from the Tin whistle, to the concertina, guitar and Accordion – open to adults & children!


Our annual summer school is undoubtedly the highlight of the year for Scoil Acla. Learn from some of Ireland’s top musicians, take part in a session, learn some art, a bit of Gaeilge or attend one of the many concerts and recitals! There’s something for everyone! – All whilst enjoying the splendour of Achill Island!

A Branch of

Scoil Acla (CCÉ) is a proud branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.

We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world.

Tríd na Glúnta | Through the Generations

Students taught

Latest Scoil Acla news & press releases

The highly anticipated Scoil Acla Summer School returns to Achill Island from July 28th to August 3rd, 2024. This year's festival promises to be yet another remarkable celebration of traditional Irish music, culture, language and heritage, attracting enthusiasts from near and far.
Tá deireadh na bliana buailte linn arís agus […]
The launch of a new 10-track album "Chongie Road" by local Achill musician, Séan Lynch is set to take place at the Wavecrest Hotel, Dooagh, Achill on Saturday, September 23rd.
Coiste Scoil Acla is pleased to announce that fiddle maestro, Fergal Scahill, will join Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla this year as their Artist in Residence.

Sincere thank you to our funding agencies & partner organisations