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    Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp

    10th - 14th July 2023 Letterkenny, Co Donegal

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    Venue: Coláiste Ailigh, Knocknamona, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

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  • Summer School & Trad Camp

    Ceol na Coille Summer School & Trad Camp 2023

    10 - 14 July 2023 Letterkenny Co. Donegal

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Séamus McGuire & John Lee Album Launch at Ceol na Coille

Séamus McGuire, John Lee, Stephen Grier, Flute, Fiddle, Irish Traditional Music, Ceol na Coille Summer School, Irish Music Summer School, Traditional Music, Letterkenny, Co.Donegal, Irish Music FestivalSéamus McGuire and John Lee will be launching their highly acclaimed new album ‘The Legacy of Stephen Grier’ at this years Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July. The Launch will take place at 3.30pm on Tuesday 10th July in Coláiste Ailigh. The daily recitals and launches are free and open to the public. More info on Ceol na Coille Summer School at ceolnacoille.ie  For more info on Séamus McGuire and John Lee and The Legacy of Stephen Grier  click here

Hamish Napier album Launch at Ceol na Coille Summer School 9-13 July

Hamish Napier, ceol na coille summer school, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland, Flute, PianoDelighted that Hamish Napier is joining the team of tutors at this years summer school in Letterkenny. Hamish, described as “One of Scotland’s busiest and most multi-faceted folk musicians.”- Sunday Herald,  will be performing a few tracks from his new album ‘The Railway’ at a launch on Monday 9th July at 3.30 in Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny. For more info on Hamish see hamishnapier.com All recitals are free and open to the public. More info on @ceolnacoille Summer School 2018 can be found at www.ceolnacoille.ie

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Exciting announcements for Ceol na Coille Summer School

Great news just in for Ceol na Coille Summer School 9th-13th July. In addition to the many events taking place over the week – workshops, recitals, concerts, festival club and sessions –  we have added two CD Launches and Book Launch to this years summer school list of events. Details of CD and Book Launch will be revealed this Friday 1st June. For more info on this years summer school, visit www.ceolnacoille.ie




Bodhran Workshop at Ceol na Coille Summer School

So you want to play the Bodhran!

Delighted to have Robbie Harris as Bodhran tutor this year at Ceol na Coille Summer School in Letterkenny 10-14 July. Here is a link to a short clip of Robbie in Action!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU0FtM0_3Z0 Enjoy!
Plans are now well under way with some more tutors to be added

More info on the Summer School can be found here….

Making music the Wild Atlantic Way!

Paul Harrigan, Uilleann Pipes, Ceol na Coille Summer School of Traditional Music, Donegal, Coláiste Ailigh, WAW, Wild Atlantic WayThe Ceol na Coille Summer School of Irish traditional music in Letterkenny, is now established as part of the summer scene along the Wild Atlantic Way.

And the school’s got an additional boost this year after Donegal was named the world’s coolest place to visit by National Geographic. Ceol na Coille runs from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July 2017. It’s followed immediately this year by the big Folk and Roots weekend of the Earagail Arts Festival in Letterkenny and elsewhere in Donegal.

School organiser Paul Harrigan, an All-Ireland winner on pipes and piano accordion, says it’s looking like another record-breaking year. “This is our sixth year of the Summer School and it’s getting bigger and better every year,” he said. “We’re in the heart of Donegal, which is famous for its traditional music. We have a great team of tutors and we pride ourselves on being friendly and welcoming.”

Ceol na Coille is based at Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny, a state-of-the-art Irish language secondary school. It’s the perfect spot to host classes, workshops and recitals. There are sessions and concerts nightly in Letterkenny and surrounding area. The long list of tutors includes many familiar names. The fiddle teachers this year include Gerry O’Connor and former Altan-er Paul O’Shaughnessy. Other visiting tutors include the acclaimed piper Padraig McGovern from Cavan, Robbie Harris-Bodhran and accordionist Martin Quinn.

But Donegal itself has lots to offer students of trad, with tutors such as John Lee (flute), Michael Carey (whistle), Joleen ‘Henry’ McLaughlin (harp) and lots more. Ceol na Coille features an ‘introduction to music’ for young children. There are Irish language classes for adults. For teachers, there’s a week-long course approved by the Department of Education and Skills, headed up by Dr Orfhlaith Ní Bhriain of the Univeristy of Limerick.

For more information go to www.ceolnacoille.com

Summer School 2017 Launched!

Learn music in a cool spot!

Immerse yourself in Irish traditional music and song – and in some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland – at the Ceol na Coille Summer School in Letterkenny, County Donegal, from Monday 10th – Friday 14th July, 2017.Donegal has been designated ‘coolest place on the planet’ in 2017 by National Geographic. It’s the perfect spot to find out more about Ireland’s remarkable tradition of music and song.

At Ceol na Coille you can learn from some of the finest musicians and singers on the island.
There are music classes, workshops and concerts. You’ll find traditional sessions nightly in Letterkenny and neighbouring villages. Not forgetting the friendliness and fun which brings people back to the school year after year.
Heading up the organising team is Paul Harrigan, a winner of All-Ireland Fleadh titles on both uilleann pipes and piano accordion.
“This the sixth year of Ceol na Coille and the school keeps getting bigger and better,” he says. “We welcome people of all ages, abilities and nationalities, from Donegal to Senegal, Letterkenny to Lima! It’s about passing on the tunes and songs – and having a really good time doing it.”
Early news about the 2017 school is that the fiddle tutors will include two major players in the tradition – Gerry O’Connor and Paul O’Shaughnessy.
Ceol na Coille has classes for a big list of instruments, including bodhran for the first time this year. Other features include a Club Gaelach and an ‘introduction to music’ for young children. There are Irish language classes for adults. For teachers, there’s a week-long course approved by the Department of Education and Skills.
All classes are held in Coláiste Ailigh in Letterkenny, a state-of-the-art Irish language secondary school.
For more information go to www.ceolnacoille.com

New Term Classes Sept ’16

New Term Classes Commencing at Ceol na Coille

We had a fantastic summer of music kicking off with our 5th annual Traditional Music Summer School in Letterkenny, a great time was had by all. We also enjoyed a few weeks between our cultural exchange groups from Texas and also Scotland. Finishing up of course with a great week at the Fleadh in Ennis! Thanks to everyone who took part and helped make it a great summer of music.

Classes will commence for the new term on Monday 5th September. All returning  pupils are asked to contact me to reserve your place. Enrollments are now being taken for our next Introduction to Irish Traditional Music course for 6-8 year old. If you wish to enroll as a new pupil please contact me as soon as possible as places are limited.

Irish Conversational Classes

Ranganna Comhrá Gaeilge do dhaoine fásta a mhairfidh 10 seachtaine
10 week course for those wishing to improve their conversational skills

Contact us to register for these classes. Places are limited.

Breis Eolais le fáil ó Paul ag ceolnacoille.letterkenny@gmail.com

Cuir scairt ar Paul ar 087 6774601

Ceili, Sets and 2 hand Evening 31 Jan

An evening of Ceili Sets and 2 hand dancing will be held in Kilmacrennan on Sunday 31st January, 4-7pm. All welcome. The evening is organised as part of ongoing fundraising events in aid of Cultural Exchange Program 2016 between
North Texas School of Traditional Music and Ceol na Coille School of Traditional Music, Letterkenny. A group of musicians from Ceol na Coille – School of traditional music, will travel to Dallas in March 2016 to take part in concerts, workshops, sessions and a range of cultural based activities. Fear an Tí for the evening will be Gerry MacNulty,  with music provided by Chris (Duntally).