Summer School 2018 – Launch


I popped down to Kilmovee for the official press launch of the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School #SMG18

Pictured at the launch of the 8th Annual Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School in Kilmovee are some young musicians from Craobh Sheosaimh Mhic Ghabhainn C.C.É. with Fergal Smyth, Chairperson of the Seosamh Mac Gabhann Summer School!

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 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, 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!

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