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Dé Sathairn 12ú Feabhra 2022
Saturday 12th February 2022
Lower Achill Community Hall, Keel from 13:00 to 15:00

Save the Dates!
Scoil Samhraidh 2022

Dé Luan 25ú Iúil – Dé Sathairn 30ú Iúil
Monday 25th July – Saturday 30th July

Óiche Chultúir 2021
Culture Night 2021

Dé hAoine 17ú Meán Fómhair
Friday 17th September 

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
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Scoil Acla is at Keel Community Hall.
Keel Community Hall
Scoil Acla is delighted to partner with Na Píobairí Uilleann – founded by uilleann pipers in 1968 to promote the uilleann pipes and its music, to give the people of Achill the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful traditional instrument.

At this relaxing afternoon of music, both young and old will be encouraged to give the pipes a try and see if it’s an instrument that they would like to pick up and learn!

This workshop is completely free and is supported by Na Píobairí Uilleann, Scoil Acla and Keel Community Hall – now a Connected Communities hub.

All Covid-19 precautions will be in place, masks must be worn at all times indoors – please book below in order to provide details for contact tracing in the event it is required. We appreciate your co-operation.

Scoil Acla is delighted to partner with @Napiobairi to give the people of Achill & beyond the opportunity to learn more about this wonderful traditional instrument & to give it a try!

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The AGM of Scoil Acla CCÉ will take place on Sunday 23rd January at 2pm. Venue to be confirmed in the coming days. ScoilAcla photo
Our deepest condolences go to Ashling's brave family, pupils, colleagues & wide circle of friends. Here, one of her college friends, Roisín McNulty plays a musical tribute in her honour.

Rest in Peace #AshlingMurphy

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Sincere thank you to our funding agencies & partner organisations