2 weeks of Harp Training in Donegal 2022Glencolmcille

June 7 – 13 - Week 1 - Adults and Teachers
Spaces remain on Week 1 The Colmcille Pilgrimage Week June 7-13 (but you will need to find your own accommodation);
- optional Celtic Design and Illumination workshop with Jane Sullivan

June 14 – 20  - Week 2 - Adults and Teens 
Spaces remaining for Week 2 “The Glencolmcille Experience” including lots of walks exploring the local coast and countryside, stone-age sites and music history – from June 14th to 20th with accommodation. 

Teens are also welcome on Week 1 but must be accompanied by a supervising adult as our supervision is on board only for Week 2.   

If you’d like to join us, please do and I look forward to welcoming you on board! 

Arrive Tuesday, depart Monday. Residential 5 day courses with 6 nights

Accommodation and catering

Harps available

Download June Booking Form in Word or in pdf

Looking Ahead: DATES FOR 2023: Week 1 - June 6-12, 2023, Week 2 June 13-19, 2023


Read what people have said about Janet's courses

Janet's Harp Summerschools are based in Irish traditional music, style, repertoire and technique - but is accessible to all and blasts away the myths around 'how we do it traditionally'. 

Join us for a completely accessible, illuminating and immersive, social and joyful week of harping from one of Ireland's most successful teachers and professional trainers.

Significantly progress your harping from whatever stage you are at now – whether you are a total beginner or performing professional.

In the magnificent setting of the south west of Donegal and in one of the most vibrant (old style) traditional music communities, these weeks will significantly progress your harping from whatever stage you are at now – whether you are a total beginner or performing professional.

Janet, one of Ireland’s most experienced performers and teachers looks forward to working with you in a very positive, productive, fun and friendly environment with all the comforts of turf fires and cosy cups of tea after the day’s labors!

Harp classes run daily to 3.30pm, with daily walks and trips out in the amazing locality - from the highest sea-cliffs in Europe (featured in a James Bond film!), to the spectacular Silver Strand, 'The Rusty Mackerel Pub', historic Stone-age tombs and the Colmcille pilgrim's trail; with tea at the Glencolmcille Folk Village and shopping at the Donegal Knitting factory shop. These weeks are certain to inspire and motivate on every level and, we are open for bookings now!!

For a real Irish experience, don’t miss these courses! (There are discounts for more-than-one-week bookings – and look out for the early-bird prices).




Based at Ionad Siuil (the walker’s hostel) at the centre of Glencolmcille village, a newly built facility with an open fireplace in the main room (to warm the soul!) and every room ensuite. Accommodation is in twin rooms (all en suite) for single or twin occupation. Fly into Dublin, and then onward by bus to Glencolmcille (this is a 5 hour journey).  Aim to arrive into Dublin before mid-day; otherwise you may need to seek overnight accommodation somewhere en route. Of course, you can fly and hire a car from any airport.  (Drive time from Dublin is 4 hours).  

These weeks are particularly special for those that enjoy the great outdoors and the remote and rugged parts of the West of Ireland coast – with great beaches for swimming (including the spectacular Silver Strand, and there will certainly be trips to Teelin to the highest sea-cliffs in Europe (where a James Bond movie was filmed!).

These harp weeks revisit the original location for Janet’s summerschools – that all started here in the early 1980s... and revisited and enjoyed during September 2018

Here's how a typical day goes:

From 8am         Breakfast

9.30am             Warm-up hour for everyone

10.30am           Coffee

11 - 12pm        Classes (in small groups with time to practise and consolidate)

12-1pm            Workshop (on a subject relevant to the group) 

1pm                 Lunch

2 – 3pm           Classes

3 - 5pm            Individual half hour lessons if you wish them in addition to your classes. These are charged at a half hourly rate and, as we expect you may not need them,
                         they can be booked during the week. Each half hour lesson is charged at €35. When you are not in lessons: you may practise, explore, have a cuppa, socialise and relax  – or take a trip out. Each day, you will have options…. 

7pm                 Dinner 

8.30 - 9.30pm  On 3 nights: Concerts / lectures / quiz night / sessions in-house and on the others: 
                        Sessions out in local pubs in the villages of Glencolmcille, Teelin or Carrick.
                        On the 3rd or 4th afternoon, there is a break for a bigger trip out to a local place of interest. 


Re Covid: We appreciate that folk still have concerns about the pandemic. We assure that these courses will proceed with all the required precautions and safeguards. See also our cancellation policy if there is a national lock-down.  

Download Booking Form in Word and pdf

To book your place in County Donegal in June 2022 download the full details and booking form, once filled in please photograph and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Celtic Design and Illumination WorkshopJanes revised poster 2022

with Jane Sullivan - calligrapher with Colmcille 1500 project

Jane’s classes in Celtic Art, Knotwork and Decorated Letters (in the style of the Book of Kells)

During Week 1 - from 5 to 6.30pm
Wednesday, June 8th
Friday, June 10th
Saturday, June 11th 

Price per class to cover materials & costs 25€ from age 17 and adults 15€ children under 16

Beginners Welcome

Places must be reserved in advance!
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