Countdown to Scoil Acla Festival, Co. Mayo, 30th July - 5th August

OK it starts tomorrow and as a Mayo man I will have to give this a plug. Get ready for one of the best located festivals around. If you haven't been to Achil then now is your chance. A beautiful part of the county. Stop off in Wesport on the way and have some additional leisure time. Climb the reek, swim, whatever takes your fancy. I am reliably informed Scoil Acla is Irelands’ oldest summer school, originally founded in 1910 and brought back to life again in 1985. It's a week-long music and arts festival comprising of classes in Traditional Irish Music, Achill Irish language (Gaelig’ Acla), and Sean-Nós singing plus workshops in Traditional Irish Dancing and the ever popular and well attended Creative Writing.  The Traditional Basket Weaving instruction has proven to be one of the more popular courses for those who may not be too artistic when it comes to an instrument, a pen, a voice or any who have ‘two left feet’!  

The original founding members in 1910 had a vision to set up a summer school for the preservation and promotion of the Irish language, traditional Irish music and an appreciation of the arts.  These aims and ideals have not been left in history but remain an integral part of Scoil Acla in the 21st century. So wash away the summer blues and the sun will shine. Check out their website. The festival is on 30th July - 5th August 2012 www.scoilacla.com

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