Blas 2021 is going virtual! Now in its 25th year, the Blas Summer School will host its annual programme virtually from 21st June to 1st July.  

Virtual Programme

Blas has firmly established itself as one of Ireland’s most prestigious accredited summer schools and this year’s virtual programme will be no different! Blas will continue to provide access to the wisdom and tutelage of eminent figures of the Traditional world, while also striving to keep masterclass sizes small. The new virtual programme will feature a one week intensive with an optional second academic week for students seeking university accreditation. Each week includes the following:

Week 1:

  • Five days of virtual masterclasses (2hrs per day)
  • Five days of virtual Irish language and culture classes (1hr per day)
  • Five days of live-streamed lectures, including the annual Blas Bilingual Interview and Francis Roche Memorial lecture (1hr per day)
  • Access to eight recorded academic lectures on Irish music, song, and dance topics
  • Access to daily recorded lunchtime concerts
  • Access to live-stream evening concerts
  • Access to certain virtual NAFCo (North Atlantic Fiddle Convention) events (TBC)

Week 2:

  • Eight interactive tutorials (correlating to recorded academic lectures) with Irish World Academy faculty members
  • Assessment and feedback of written assignment at the end of Blas programme
  • Successful students can earn 3 undergraduate credits (equivalent to 6 ECTS credits)*


Accreditation Process

For interested students, the accreditation experience begins with the student being added to the University of Limerick’s online resource system called ‘Sulis’. Here the student will be able to access the pre-recorded video lectures and academic material on the subject of Irish traditional music, song and dance prior to the start of the programme. During Blas, the student undertakes the tuition given including all practical masterclasses, Irish language and culture classes, lectures, tutorials and extra curricula events. The student also must complete a written assignment due for submission after the Blas programme is complete (date TBC in August 2021).

The provisional timetable included here is to give interested students a general idea of the overall layout. Please note, while Blas dates are confirmed, the individual class times on the provisional timetable below are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to June. This timetable is on Irish Standard Time.

Click here for the academic module details: MU4000 Syllabus

Click here for the accreditation timetable: Blas 2021 Timetable



*While the University of Limerick provides accreditation to the successful student, Blas cannot guarantee that this accreditation will be recognised by your home institution. The onus is on the individual to request and confirm that this accreditation is recognised by the relevant institution at which they study full time. Students who only register for Package A (one week only) will not be eligible for accreditation.