Statement from Coiste Scoil Acla CCÉ

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For the first time in 35 years, the difficult decision has been taken to cancel Achill’s traditional music and cultural summer school

Coiste Scoil Acla CCÉ wishes to advise that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, we must regretfully announce the complete cancellation of our 2020 Summer School.

Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla was due to take place from 25th July to 1st August this year.

Cathaoirleach of Scoil Acla CCÉ, Sarah Calvey explained that “this has been a very difficult and disappointing decision for our branch and for our committee to arrive at. Our annual summer school has grown substantially year-on-year and brings hundreds of new and regular tutors, attendees and their families to our parish for a week of culture, craic agus ceol each year.”

“However, restrictions which are envisaged to continue into the summer would pose a number of practical challenges to the normal running of the summer school in relation to venues and physical distancing. We must also take into account the staging of the Leaving Certificate exams which are due to take place during what is, traditionally, Scoil Acla week.

Whilst obviously disappointing for many, this decision has been taken in the best interest of the health and safety of our voluntary staff, tutors, students and the wider Achill community.

“The branch was very much looking forward to marking the 110 year anniversary of the foundation of the school and 35 years since its revival at our Scoil Samhraidh this year. As this will not be possible in July, we hope to organise a celebratory night near the end of the year, should circumstances allow. Details of which will be shared closer the time.”

“The committee would like to thank our attendees, volunteers, tutors, local providers and the wider Achill community for their understanding and continued support. We wish each of you a safe and happy period ahead and we look forward to reuniting with you all again very soon” concluded Ms. Calvey.

Those who have booked a place for this year will be issued with a refund in the coming weeks.

Scoil Samhraidh Scoil Acla 2021 will take place from Saturday 24th to Saturday 31st July. Please keep in touch with us on our social media and on our website www.scoilacla.ie or you may contact us at info@scoilacla.ie or phone 085 881 9548.

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10 Responses

  1. So sorry to hear of the cancellation of Scoil Acla, but totally understandable in the given circumstances. It just means an even greater year next year! I’m sure the impact will be felt throughout the island but there was no point in taking unnecessary risks with people’s health. Here’s to 2021! Meanwhile keep safe and well.
    Diane Richardson

  2. Sorry to hear no Scoil Acla this year. Unimaginable, a summer without it. Looking forward to 2021 already.

  3. Dear Sarah and Committee,
    So sorry to learn of the cancellation of 2020 Summer School. I thank you all for the wonderful time that
    I always experienced at the Summer School. I attended the Writers workshop for many years under Macdara Woods and then with Paddy Bushe
    I am sure that you are so disappointed after all your work preparing. I wish you well and stay safe.
    Looking forward very much to Scoil Acla 2021
    Maureen

  4. This is our favourite festival of the summer and so sad that it won’t happen this year, but completely understand why it has to be cancelled. Looking forward to Scoil Acla 2021! Elaine

  5. Dear Sarah and Committee,
    So sorry to learn of the cancellation of 2020 Summer School. I thank you all for the wonderful time I had when I attended the Writers Workshop for many years.
    I am sure that you are all disappointed after all your work. I wish you well and stay safe. Looking forward very much
    to Scoil Acla 2021

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