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Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy

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The Willie Clancy summer school was founded when Muiris Ó Rocháin, Marty Talty & John among others decided that Willie Clancy should be commemorated after his death. John and Willie first met in Carrigaholt in 1935 and enjoyed playing music together and great friendship throughout their lives.

They gathered a group of similar minded musicians together and set up the summer school in Miltown Malbay, in County Clare in 1973. The aim of the school was to preserve and promote traditional Irish music for future generations.

John Kelly Senior was the first fiddle tutor at the school and he ran the fiddle section until his death in 1989. John’s son John Junior still runs the fiddle section of the Willie Clancy summer school to this day.

Details: John Kelly Senior. Willie Clancy Summer School. circa. 1980’s.

Credit: © Neil Wayne.

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Details: John Kelly Senior, Muiris Ó Rochain, Breandán Breathnach, Andy Conroy. Location: Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay. Date: 1970’s.

Credit: John Kelly Junior personal collection.

Details: John Kelly Senior’s fiddle class. Location: Willie Clancy Summer School, Miltown Malbay. Date: 1970’s.

Credit: John Kelly Junior personal collection.

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Details: Willie Clancy Summer School fiddle classes in the early 1970’s. In the photo are: Peter Mackey, John Kelly Junior, Bobby Casey,

Credit: Photo with thanks to Francis Devine. Photo taken by Dick Glasgow.

Photos

Details: Bobby Casey, John Kelly Senior. Willie Clancy Summer School Workshops. circa. 1980’s.

Credit: © Neil Wayne.

Credit: © National Folklore Collection, UCD. Photo taken by: Tom Munelly. Date: 7 July 1985. L-R: Muiris Ó Rocháin, Pádraig Mac Mathúna, John Kelly Senior. Link

Life & Family in Clare Musical Context

Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy