Scoil na gCláirseach 2018 will take place at:
Coláiste Pobail Osraí
This is Kilkenny’s Gaeil Coláiste - Irish-language secondary school - an educational institution whose ethos fits very well with the aims of our summer festival: to further an important musical aspect of early Irish culture.
The Coláiste is on the opposite side of Ormonde Road from Kilkenny School of Music, which our regular students will know well. It lies just behind the Ormonde College building. [see the map at the back of the festival programme here]
There is 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.
WHERE TO STAY
As a Scoil student, you can 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 visitkilkenny.ie.
We also book a self-catering house offering shared rooms, available on a first-come, first-served basis each year. Please let us know if you would like to check availability there.
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.
BUS & TRAIN TIMETABLES
For train times please visit www.irishrail.ie
for bus times please visit www.buseireann.ie. 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.