South Sligo Summer School

South Sligo Summer School 2018 –  The 32nd Year
The organising committee of the South Sligo Summer School wish to express their gratitude to all those who helped in any way to make the 32nd year of the school of traditional music, song and dance such a resounding success in Tubbercurry from 15th to 21st July last.  Already the committee are planning the 2019 School which will be held 14th – 20th July 2019

This year they had an expanded programme of classes, workshops and other events and many musicians, singers, dancers and followers of the music of our region spent some of their hard earned holiday time in Tubbercurry and the surrounding area during the week.  We had visitors from all corners of Ireland as well as from countries as far apart as Canada and Taiwan. We were delighted to have the use of Tubbercurry Community Library again this year.  It proved an ideal space for the Junior practice sessions.  Thanks to the library staff for facilitating this. Thanks to everyone who provided venues for classes and workshops, ceilis and concerts – St Brigid’s Hall Committee, St Attracta’s Community School Management company, Boards of Management of Holy Family National School and North Connacht College, Lucy & Peadar Kennedy, the Management at An Chroí Enterprise Centre, Sligo County Council for the use of rooms in Teach Laighne & St George’s Community Hall Committee. All our visitors from near and far remarked on the wonderful facilities in all the venues and the great welcome they received in Tubbercurry. The summer school could not be held without all this invaluable cooperation.  It is very much appreciated.
Sincere thanks to the people of Tubbercurry who welcomed all our visitors so warmly, to all our volunteers and to the local business community for their help with stewarding, their generous financial contributions and their spirit of involvement all week. We also wish to thank the Sligo Tourist Office on O’Connell Street, Sligo for giving us space to put up a window display this year.  Thank you to all the local musicians and to all our tutors, presenters and facilitators, with a special word of thanks to Neansaí Ní Choisdealbha, Head of Music, Raidio na Gaeltachta, who performed the official opening on Sunday evening and to Marian Egan, Aidan Shannon, Theresa O’Grady, Muireann Banks, Junior Davey & Paddy Ryan for presenting the nightly concerts during the week.

Thanks to the Arts Council, Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, Fáilte Ireland & Aurivo for their financial support this year. Thanks too to Raidio na Gaeltachta for recording our Friday Night Concert which will be transmitted during the coming months.

This year once again many of the talks, recitals and concerts were recorded by ITMA (Irish Traditional Music Archive) and we are most grateful to them for this important involvement.

It only remains to mark your diaries for the 33rd Year: 14th to 20th July 2019.  And if you are travelling at home or abroad during the coming months be sure to bring some of the South Sligo Summer School brochures with you, available from any member of the organising committee. Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo arís.


Fifteen years ago a small group of Spanish students arrived to Tubbercurry with the help of people from town who thought that having a Spanish summer school in the town would have a positive experience for both students and locals alike. Well, now this is a fact and Tubbercurry welcomes every summer a group of Spanish students who come here to learn English.  Now we have got to the end of another year and everything has been much better than it had ever been expected. A lot of work has been done to get to this point by the leaders in charge of the students and the teachers, but nothing would have been possible without the help of the people from the town. Host families have become a second family to the students, that’s why we would like to thank them for their help and support. We’d also like to thank the Irish coordinators who believed in this project from the very beginning, the South Sligo Summer School in which the students learnt Irish music and they really enjoyed it, and of course the whole town for the hospitality that has been given to all of us which made us feel like at home. We will never forget it!

Now we have started to work for next year’s course with more enthusiasm than ever. Thank you and see you next summer!

History of the Summer School

Established in 1987, the South Sligo Summer School of Traditional Music, Song and Dance is held annually in Tubbercurry during the second week in July.  The official opening  takes place on the evening of the second Sunday in July and there follows a packed programme of formal and informal events for the week, including masterclasses, céilís, workshops, talks, concerts, sessions and lots more. There is a particular emphasis placed on the Sligo style of fiddle and flute playing and this, alongside an extended range of workshops and new innovative elements each year, attracts people of all ages and abilities from near and far to attend and spend a week of total immersion in the local culture here in our community.

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