Launch of the 8th Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School – 2018

The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School takes place from Sunday, 1st July to Friday, 6th July. Classes run from Monday to Friday, with registration for classes in Kilmovee Community Centre at 9am on Monday, 2nd July. To secure a place, participants are encouraged to pre-register with the Kilmovee Family Resource Centre (Tel: 094 9649814 / email – or to book online here at

Tutors for the week are as follows:

Morning Classes – 10am to 1pm

Fiddle:  Declan Folan, Síofra McHugh, Paddy Ryan

Tin Whistle: Aidan Shannon, Marian Egan, Fionnuala Collis-Kearins

Concertina: Bernie Geraghty, Breda Shannon

Flute: Michael Hurley, Paul Smyth

Accordion: Daithí Gormley, Tommy Doherty

Le Chéile: Cian Kearins & Caoimhe Kearins

Afternoon Classes – 2pm to 5pm

Comhrá Gaeilge: Irene Ní Chathasaigh

Sean Nós Dancing: Ger Butler, Laura Ganley

Traditional Singing: Cian Kearins & Caoimhe Kearins

Banjo: Theresa O’Grady

Harp: Holly Geraghty, Éadaoin Ní Mhaicín

Bodhrán: Joseph McNulty, Davóg Frayne

Traditional Guitar: Colleen Towey-Duffy

Classes are great value at just €55 for the week (U18s) and €80 (Adults). Morning and Afternoon special rates are available at €90 for U18s and €140 for Adults. Le Chéile, which is a workshop for 15 to 18 year old musicians, singers and dancers at improver to advanced level, costs €70 for the week. A family discount is available for bookings of 3 or more pupils from one family.

The classes all take place in Kilmovee and an accommodation list is available from the Kilmovee FRC for any visitors who are looking for a place to stay in the area for the week. Outside of the classes, it is a week packed with FREE activities including talks, sessions and concerts for anyone that would like to attend and celebrate our Irish heritage. Full details are available on the Summer School brochures which can be downloaded at and are also available at Kilmovee FRC.

The Summer School would not be possible without the support of the sponsors which include – Mayo County Council, The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, IMRO, Foras Na Gaeilge, Comhaltas and Kilmovee Bingo. Also essential for the week is the support of all the local sponsors who will be acknowledged during the Summer School week and in printed materials post the Summer School. The Summer School Committee would like to acknowledge the support of local politicians including Senator John O’Mahony, Councillors John Caulfield, Tom Connolly and Gerry Murray.

Primarily the Summer School is made possible due to a huge voluntary effort by the people of Kilmovee so come along and enjoy one of the finest Summer Schools in the country in this unique village in East Mayo. Bígí Linn!