Ceol Na Coille, Letterkenny

The 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 after Donegal was named the world’s coolest place to visit by National Geographic.

School organiser Paul Harrigan, an All-Ireland winner on pipes and piano accordion, says: “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. 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.

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