Can’t get enough Irish Attitude? If you wish the Dublin Irish Festival (August 5, 6 & 7) lasted all year long, take the opportunity to enhance your experience with the Irish Academy. In its 8th year, the Academy will play host to a wide variety of classes that highlight Irish music and culture. A brief description of the classes can be found below, with more details on the website.

  •  Beginning Bodhran: Learn this classical Irish instrument from a true Irishman and internationally known instrument maker. Bodhrans will be provided or available for purchase. Instructor: Michael Vignoles. Cost: $50.
  • Tin Whistle (Beginner Level): Who better to take lessons from than a multi-winner of the Irish Music Competitions in the United States? Instructor: Brian McCoy. Cost: $50.
  • Storytelling: Help preserve an old tradition from someone who experienced the seanachie (Storyteller) tradition firsthand when he lived with his grandfather in the Hills of County Kerry (Ireland). Instructor: Batt Burns. Cost: $50.
  • Bodhran, The Melody and Us (Intermediate/Advanced Level): Learn the master exponent of a subtle and sympathetic emphasis to bodhrán accompaniment from an original member of Téada. Instructor: Tristan Rosenstock. Cost: $60.
  • Flute (Intermediate/ Advanced Level): This founding member of the band Dervish and Irish music maven from a very young age is sure to teach all you need to know about one of the cores of Irish music. Instructor: Liam Kelly. Cost: $60.
  • Singing Workshop in English and Gaelic: A class with one of the most popular Irish traditional musicians and son of one of the most musically acclaimed Irish families is sure to be a surprising treat! Instructor: Séamus Begley. Cost: $60.
  •  Stylistic Features of Irish Fiddling (Intermediate/Advanced Level): An exploration of some of the techniques and traits associated with Irish fiddling, demonstrated with the aid of archival recordings taught by founder of noted group Téada. Instructor: Oisín Mac Diarmada. Cost: $60.
  • Fiddle (Intermediate/Advanced Level): A fantastic class from an Irish-American and National Heritage Fellowship Award-winning fiddler is sure to make you want to dance! Instructor: Liz Carroll. Cost: $60.
Classes will be held on Friday, August 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a one hour break for lunch, in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin. Classes range from $50-$60 per person and all students must be 12 years or older to participate.

To register for classes, you will need to print off the registration form and mail it in with a check or your credit card information.


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