No summer stasis: seasonal schools for adults

Schools that focus on trad music, Irish dance, Beckett, Joyce, Parnell, Yeats and public policy should keep adults of all stripes busy

Samuel Beckett Summer School runs at Trinity College Dublin in August

Samuel Beckett Summer School runs at Trinity College Dublin in August

Fri, Jun 27, 2014, 01:00

Blás Summer School

This school offers an opportunity to get a taste of all aspects of traditional Irish music and dance. It has its home at the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick. Prestigious tutors include dancer Colin Dunne; fiddler Martin Hayes; singer Nóirín Ní Riain; and Steve Cooney and Dónal Lunny, who offer their expertise in harmonic accompaniment. Evenings are given over to concerts, and the annual Francis Roche Memorial Lecture, which will be delivered this year by musician and composer Toner Quinn. Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. June 23-July 4,


Willie Clancy Summer School

Uillean pipes and concertinas. Jigs and Reels. The Willie Clancy Summer School is a celebration of all the traditional arts, with formal lessons in music and dance during the day, and fleadh-style sessions at night. Between the two, there is ample opportunity for indulging in oral traditions and passing on performance tips and local legends. Miltown Malbay, Co Clare. July 5-13,


James Joyce Summer School

Experience the work of Joyce in the city that shaped his writing. Attend lectures at Newman House where Joyce himself studied. The James Joyce Summer School will appeal to specialists more than the casual connoisseur, but specialists will be pleased with the opportunity to hear experts like Terence Killeen, Luca Crispi and Anne Fogarty deliver their diverse verdicts on Joyce’s life and work. Dublin, July 6-13,


Gerard Manley Hopkins Summer School

“Hark hearer, hear what I say; lend a thought now” to the work of priest and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. This year the summer school, which is based at the dramatic Dominican premises of Newbridge College in Co Kildare, boasts visiting speakers from Tokyo, Slovenia, America and Finland. Lectures are accompanied by readings, recitals, exhibitions and workshops, including a translation workshop with Rainer Schulte. Newbridge College, Kildare. July 19-25,


Joe Mooney Summer School

Inspired by the legend of the Tuatha de Dannan, who brought gifts of music, melody and harmony to the Leitrim hills, the Joe Mooney Summer School is a week-long celebration of Irish song and dance. Harp, mandolin, accordion, fiddles; all the traditional instruments are there. There is also an opportunity for primary teachers to brush up on their skills with a Department of Education approved master class. Drumshambo, Co Leitrim. July 19-26,


MacGill Summer School

Local writer Patrick MacGill, “the Navvy poet”, is the inspiration for the MacGill Summer School in Glenties. MacGill wrote widely about social conditions in Donegal in the early 20th century, and the school offers a range of discussions on contemporary public policy. The programme is hung on the annual John Hume Lecture, which will be delivered this year by Dr Maurice Hayes. There will be live webcasts available on the website throughout the week for those who can’t attend in person. Glenties, Co Donegal. July 21-25,

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