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Is there an age requirement in order to participate?

There is a minimum age requirement of 7 years for all participants. Courses will have a mixed class of children and adults, depending on ability levels. It is generally understood that students would need to have a genuine interest in the activity.

Can I participate in more than one class/activity?

Depending on the time schedule for the classes, you are welcome to participate in more than one. For example, many students choose to take music classes in the morning and then singing, dancing or Irish Language classes in the afternoon. The writer’s workshop is an all-day class.

Do I need to have my own instrument?

Scoil Acla has a small number of instruments which are available to rent during the Summer School week. All instruments must be booked in advance through the Scoil Acla office.

Where do the classes take place?

Classes take place in various venues throughout the island. A venue map can be found in the official programme. All venues will have their own supervisor.

Do I have to pre-book for the summer school?

Due to the high level of demand, booking for the summer school well in advance, is strongly advised. A limited number of course places may be available at registration however this is not guaranteed.

How do I secure accommodation for the week?

There are several hotels, guesthouses, B & Bs, and self-catering accommodations. In addition, there are caravan parks with camping facilities and hostels on the island. For further information, please see our accommodation page or contact Achill Tourism for additional information.

Is there a late registration fee?

Yes there is a late registration fee of €25 per course which is usually added to courses 7 days prior to the commencement of the summer school.

I am a Primary School teacher, is Scoil Acla EPV approved?

Scoil Acla Summer School is an approved Department of Education and Skills Summer Course for Primary School Teachers. Music Instruction in a range of Irish Traditional Instruments – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Teachers are requested to enter their details (school number, school contact details, teacher number etc.) when registering for their chosen class/course.

Further details on the EPV programme may be found by clicking here

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