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Scoil Samhraidh 2023 – A Recap


Scoil Samhraidh 2024
Summer School 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

Oíche Chultúir 2023
Culture Night 2023

Friday September 22nd

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
Scoil Acla
Scoil Acla8 months ago
Scoil Acla is delighted to confirm the details for next week's Trad Bus Tour of Achill as part of Mayo Culture Night where we will be bringing culture, craic, ceol & Gaeilge to some venues across Achill! Last year, we focussed mostly on upper Achill so this year we are starting in Ted's with a quick session, on to The Cross Bar, Achill Island and finishing in Lourdie's, Dooagh!

We're delighted to have the very talented artist and Summer School tutor Eric de Buitléir back in Achill to perhaps sing a song or two alongside local Scoil Acla musicians!

Please note: the minibus is now fully subscribed but please join us along the way!

#CultureNight #scoilacla23

Achill Tourism - What's on in Achill - Culture Night - Mayo Comhaltas - Ceol Pipes - - Mayo Arts Office - The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon - Ealaín na Gaeltachta
Scoil Acla
Scoil Acla8 months ago
Scoil Acla CCÉ is delighted to announce the return of our local classes. Classes will take place every Tuesday in Coláiste Pobail Acla with first night registration on 26th September from 18:30-19:00. A range of instruments will be taught during this 5-week course! All ages & abilities welcome!

Tá riméad ar Scoil Acla CCÉ a fhógairt go bhfuil ár ranganna áitiúla ar ais. Beidh na ranganna ar siúl gach Máirt in Coláiste Pobail Acla, agus beidh clárú ar an 26ú Meán Fómhair ó 18.30-19.00. Múinfear réimse uirlisí i rith na cúig seachtaine! Fáilte roimh gach aois agus cumas!

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Scoil Acla
Scoil Acla8 months ago
Happy to support Mark on the launch of his latest collection - Spirit Bird at our Summer School this year.

#ScoilAcla23 #SupportingArtists

Latest Scoil Acla news & press releases

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.
Scoil Acla is pleased to announce that the booking form for their annual Summer School is now open. The festival will take place this year from Saturday July 23rd to July 29th in various locations across the parish of Achill.

Sincere thank you to our funding agencies & partner organisations