McCracken Summer School 2017

As is customary, the McCracken Summer School will take place during the last week in July again in 2017. The school itself will run Monday to Friday, from 10am - 4pm each day and it goes without saying that the same first rate teaching staff will be back with us again.

If you are unfamiliar with the weeks layout, there are five levels (Beginners, Beginners 1, Intermediate lower, Intermediate upper and Advanced) available to adult learners, with four one hour lessons to attend each day with breaks in between, with traditional entertainment to be seen and heard at lunch time in the reception area and in the theatre throughout the summer school. The International Lunch which takes place midway through the week on the Wednesday every year is enjoyed immensely by everyone, as a celebration of food from around the world, and functioning as a social, focal point for learners and visitors and alike.

On top of that, you are given the choice to partake in the afternoon, one hour singing workshops with Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde which take place from 1.30pm - 4pm (with break in between), or stay in your Irish class. We recognise that there is a big demand for indigenous entertainment in Belfast and beyond, and you can be certain that some of Ireland's most talented singers and musicians will be performing here, on our Barr a' Tí stage every night, Monday to Saturday that week in 2017.

After much deliberation and consideration, and through conversations with 2016 summer school attendees, we are now of the opinion that the time has come to raise McCracken Summer School fees, having remained the same for many years now. High standards of services are provided to the Irish speaking community and to adult learners over the period of a week, and we believe therefore that an increase of five pounds is reasonable enough on people's pockets. The normal rate will be raised from £35.00 to £40.00, and the concessionary rate (those of pension age / unemployed) will now be £30.00 instead of £25.00 thereon.

You will be able to download the McCracken Summer School 2017 registration form and be able to pay here online before long.