Scoil na gCláirseach

NEW VENUE for 2016

From our very first summer school, in 2003, Scoil na gCláirseach has generously been hosted each year by Kilkenny School of Music. The HHSI wishes to thank Philip Edmondson, Director, for his generosity to us, and for so many memorable years at KSM.

Scoil na gCláirseach 2016 will take place in our new, historic venue:

St. Kieran’s College
College Rd.
Co. Kilkenny
on the opposite side of the road, and just a little further out, from where we’ve been in the past.

Founded in 1782, St. Kieran’s is situated on a wonderful, spacious campus with ample free parking for students arriving by car, and quick access by foot to shops, restaurants, tourist attractions and accommodation.

Kilkenny is a medieval city which has a rich heritage of fine historical buildings, a great choice of restaurants, wonderful shops, lively night-life, and is an all year round tourist destination. Within 90 minutes of Dublin airport, the city is serviced with an intercity bus service and rail link. The nearest ferry port is Rosslare. For further information please see the Kilkenny City & County website.


In-house, self-catering accommodation - at very reasonable rates - is available at St. Kieran’s College, in the purpose-built facility on the campus. The rooms are single [some with private bathroom; some with shared bathroom], with communal living areas and kitchen facilities. Please contact us for more information or if you would like to reserve a room.

Also free free to design your own accommodation package for your stay in Kilkenny: from the budget-priced Kilkenny Tourist Hostel (do tell them that you are coming to study with us; they know us well and will look after you!) to friendly B&Bs and guest houses all the way to beautiful luxury hotels. More info from

This year’s Scoil overlaps with one of Ireland’s biggest arts festivals - Kilkenny Arts Festival - so be sure to sort out your accommodation as soon as you know you will be joining us, to ensure that your first choice is available to you.


click here for proper map
Click here
for a printable map of the city.


For train times please visit

for bus times please visit If you are arriving at Dublin Airport we recommend using the direct airport bus run by JJ Kavanagh which offers a direct service from the airport to Kilkenny via central Dublin.