Blas & Willie Clancy


Summer 2017 marks the beginning of a new initiative between Blas and the Willie Clancy Summer School.

Blas is one of the many success stories of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Now approaching its 21st anniversary this international school of Irish traditional music and dance attracts students from all over the world who are typically musicians, singers and dancers already familiar with the Irish traditions who want to extend their technique, repertoire and knowledge therein. Blas acts as an incubator, and forms a space in which to improve musicianship, song, or dance technique, and to learn more about the stylistic, social, and historic content of these traditions in a familiar educational campus setting. It is an internationally accredited school. It takes place for two weeks each June at the UL campus.

Now Blas is extending its offering to students by recognising and recommending a further week of insight into all aspects of Irish Tradtional Music through participation in The Scope of Irish Traditional Music (Dúchas an Cheoil) class at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay Co.Clare in early July. The Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay has been a Mecca for many thousands of students and lovers of Irish music for well over forty years and The Scope of Irish Traditional Music class has been offered as part the School for just over thirty years.


The Scope of IrishTraditional Music is a six-day course to introduce students to the essential elements of Irish Traditional Music Dance and Song. The primary focus is on the listening experience and on creating an awareness of the social and historical context in which the largest part of this musical tradition was created. Emphasis is placed on relaxed interaction between student, tutors and players and singers. Some of Ireland’s leading musicians and singers have contributed to it over the years.

This new initiative between Blas and Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy will enable students to earn university accreditation worth 3 undergraduate credits (6 ECTS credits). Students wishing to pursue accreditation will be required to complete both the second week of Blas and The Scope of Irish Traditional Music.

The Scope of Irish Traditional Music Tutors


paddy-glackinPADDY GLACKIN

Paddy Glackin is a leading fiddle player of his generation. He has been to the fore in promoting the fiddle music of Donegal and has played a seminal role in a number of enormously influential music groupings such as “Ceoltóirí Laighean”, “The Bothy Band” and composer John Cage’s Roaratorio. He has recorded widely as a solo and ensemble player. He was for many years a producer in RTÉ.







Cathal Goan has a life-long interest in Irish music and song and started his professional career in RTÉ as an archivist with special responsibility for Irish music and song. He has written on a number of aspects of the Donegal song tradition and served for many years as chairman of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. He was founding director of TG4 and also Director General of RTÉ.





Click on the link below to download the application form (in either .doc or .pdf format):

Blas & Willie Clancy Application Form (Doc)

Blas & Willie Clancy Application Form (PDF)

Please give as much detail on your application form as possible. You may submit your application by post, by fax, or by email as below.

By Post:

Pamela Cotter (Blas Director)
Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick

By Fax:

Fax No: +353-61-202589

By Email:


For more details on the Scope of Irish Traditional Music course, please visit