When does the summer school start & finish?
2023: Summer school begins at 10am on Tuesday July 25, 2023, and ends on the evening of Sunday 30th July.
Where is the summer school?
IT Sligo, Ballinode.
Where/when do we go on Tuesday Morning?
9:30am IT Sligo Main Concourse (The entrance near the giant fish!) 10am every other morning with the first workshop in the Aurivo auditorium unless otherwise announced.
What international airport is the nearest to Sligo?
The nearest international airport is Knock – which serves UK and a handful of European destinations. For other European travellers, we recommend flying to Dublin or UK and connecting by train to Sligo station. It is also possible to reach Sligo via Shannon airport but connections are more difficult without a car.
How far is Sligo from Dublin airport?
2:30 hours by road. 3 hrs by train (www.irishrail.ie), 3:30 by bus (buseireann.ie) from Connolly station plus a short bus trip connection to/from Dublin airport.
Is accommodation available, and if so, what type?
YES, in Benbulben Court apartments. All rooms are ensuite, with TV and WiFI. You book the accommodation directly with the providers this year as outlined here
How much is tuition?
Prices are subject to change, please see our bookings page each year for pricing details.
How much does accommodation cost, and how is it done?
from €250 per room depending on the type of room.Instruction re booking accommodation are in the summer school accommodation section.
Does “Single” (or “Double”) Sharing Apartment mean you have a separate bedroom?
Yes, you just share a common kitchen with others. Your bedroom has a bathroom attached.
Does Benbulben Court supply towels and linen?
When can we check in to our accommodation?
From 3pm on Monday 24 July at Benbulben Court, Clarion Road Sligo. Turn in to main Clayton Hotel entrance avenue and then keep left, rather than turning right into the hotel car park, this road takes you around to the Benbulben Court - there is a reception/office there. If you arrive later, after office hours, please check the office door as there is 24 hour security and there will be somebody assigned to check you in even after hours, probably a phone number on the office door.
If I can get to Knock Ireland West, how do I get to Sligo?
Buses run from Ireland West airport to Sligo, check the buseireann.ie website. We can not guarantee pickup at Knock. Exclusive pickups can cost up to €50 depending on driver availability. Beware: Taxis from Knock – Sligo can cost up to €100. Check www.buseireann.ie or Knock airport website for more info.
I live outside of Ireland. Can I pay via Paypal or a credit card?
Please use our new shop on this website to book and pay your summer school fees by vredit card on Eventbrite, our paymnet provider.
Are there age limits?
We accept participants from 10 years old and upwards, with a recommended guideline of Grade 3 upwards (classical or rockschool grades). With regards the festival venues, there may be age restrictions on some late night events but most venues are very cooperative.
Can I send my child to the summer school unaccompanied?
No. Minors must be delivered/picked up by adults to/from the summer school, and accompanied in their accommodation, either by a parent, guardian or older sibling. The guardian must take charge of minors outside of workshops/masterclasses and accompany them to all concerts. See our code of conduct page for more info.