Summer School launched on Mayo Day in Kilmovee Community Centre

The 5th Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School of traditional Irish music, song, dance and Gaeilge will take place in Kilmovee from Saturday, June 27th to Friday, July 3rd. This Summer School offers a unique blend of great value, great tutors, a great venue and a great atmosphere. At €55 (U18), you can get a week’s tuition from some of the finest tutors in Ireland. This, combined with the excellent venues – the Community Centre and Family Resource Centre, as well as the infamous Kilmovee welcome from the local community, makes it a family Summer School not to be missed.

The Summer School has gone from strength to strength, since its foundation in 2011 in honour of Seosamh Mac Gabhann. Families and friends now return each year from across Ireland, Europe and the U.S. and record numbers are expected for this year’s event. Participants are being advised to book early on or by completing and returning a booking form to the Kilmovee Family Resource Centre. It is possible to register on the first morning of classes on June 29th, but places are limited and pre-registration is recommended if you wish to guarantee your place.

The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School will start on Saturday, June 27th with a concert in the Kilmovee Community Centre, featuring the current All Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions – the Knockmore Céilí Band from Fermanagh. This will be a unique opportunity to hear this amazing band in concert in the West of Ireland. A limited number of tickets are now on sale, priced at just €10 and available from the Kilmovee Family Resource Centre.

This will be followed on Sunday with the Irish Mass in Kilmovee Church and then by the Heritage Tour at 2pm, which will feature an introductory talk by special guest – Dr Seamus Caulfield. Classes will start on Monday, 29th June in Kilmovee Community Centre and continue each morning and afternoon for the week. The Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School offers a class in your favourite instrument in the morning and then you have a choice of an afternoon class in Comhrá Gaeilge, Sean Nós Dancing, Traditional Singing or maybe even a second instrument. Discounts are offered to those taking morning and afternoon classes, as well as family discounts, ensuring this Summer School continues to give amazing value for your money.

The Official Opening of the Summer School will take place on Monday night, 29th June with the renowned musician, singer and lilter – Colm O’Donnell. This will be followed by the monthly ‘Cois Tine’ Heritage Night. Each night, sessions will take place in the local pubs, with pupils encouraged to play their tunes at the opening slow sessions from 8pm to 9pm, followed by a full session featuring tutors and anyone else that would like to join in. The week will conclude with the Closing Concert on Friday night, 3rd July in Kilmovee Community Centre, where tutors and pupils get an opportunity to showcase what they have worked on for the week.

A highlight of the concert last year was the performance by Le Chéile. This class features 20 young musicians, singers and dancers all aged 15 to 18. They work with their tutors Cian and Caoimhe Kearins throughout the week, building their repertoire, gaining skills on how to arrange their music, song and dance and learning how to perform professionally. Places for Le Chéile are limited, so please book early to ensure you are not disappointed.

A full accommodation list is available from the Kilmovee Family Resource Centre with a variety of accommodation available in the area. Full details of events for the week can be found on or you can keep up to date with the latest developments from the Summer School on Facebook – Seosamhmacgabhann Summerschool or Twitter – @smgsumschool. Enquiries to Kilmovee Family Resource Centre on (094) 9649814 or email:

Summer School launch on Mayo Day