f.a.q. -Ceisteanna Rialta

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.

Do I need to check-in when I arrive?

Yes, Check-in for those registered for classes will take place in Óstán Oileán Acla on on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of July from 4-7pm where wristbands may be collected. Late check-in at the Scoil Acla office on Monday 25th from 9-9.30am. More details will be emailed to participants in advance. Please note: Students cannot attend classes without checking in first.

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 contact Achill Tourism

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. For 2022 however, we envisage that all courses will be booked out in advance of July. Early booking is strongly advised.

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

Scoil Acla Summer School is NOT an approved Department of Education and Skills Summer Course for Primary School Teachers for 2022.

Sincere thank you to our funding agencies & partner organisations