News on the 2022 festival!!

Following the announcement last week lifting most of the Covid 19 restrictions, we are delighted to say that the 32nd Joe Mooney Summer School will take place from the 16th to the 23rd July 2022. Please check our social media pages for updates as plans progress.

The Dock’s Vimeo channel ‘Carry the Tunes’ concert series recorded at Cryan’s Teach Ceoil, hosted by Liam Cryan, features 4 separate concerts and a host of brilliant players celebrating 100 years of music making and sharing.

It is a wonderful event and a small taste of what we will all be missing at our summer school this year. It is available to view on the link below until Sunday 13th June.

Traditional Music Course hosts concert.

The Traditional Irish Music Course in Drumshanbo are putting on a virtual concert which will be broadcast via Facebook and YouTube at 8 pm on Tuesday 23rd March.   The link to the Facebook event is:

They are using the event to raise much-needed funds for North West STOP (suicide prevention)

To make a donation, go to their Idonate page: – donations go directly to the charity from there.

For more details on this event, see the following Facebook post:

Passing of Joe Burke

We, the committee of The Joe Mooney Summer School, are very saddened to hear of the passing of Joe Burke RIP. Joe was one of our tutors, with his wife Anne for many years and was held in very high esteem both here in Drumshanbo and world wide as a renowned accordion player. He will be missed but never forgotten. Condolences to Anne and the extended Burke and Conroy families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Summer School 2021 Update

The committee of the Joe Mooney Summer School wish to inform you that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the summer school will not take place this year.

Once again the overriding factor in our decision is the health and safety of our participants, tutors, visitors and our local community. We feel it would be very irresponsible of us to bring large gatherings of people together in the current climate. Despite the roll-out of vaccinations and the lifting of restrictions at some point in the future, we cannot guarantee the safety of all concerned.

Hopefully we will see you all in the summer of 2022 with our usual packed programme of events.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page over the next few months, we have some treats in store…

Happy New Year

Wishing all our students, tutors, friends and supporters a very Happy New Year. May 2021 bring you jigs of joy and reels of prosperity. Beannachtaí na h-athbhliana oraibh go léir.

From all at the Joe Mooney Summer School.

Summer School 2020 Update

Following the relaxation of certain restrictions in coping with the Covid 19 pandemic, we have had a number of queries in relation to the Joe Mooney Summer School. However, the original decision of the committee which was made back in April,still stands. There will be no Summer School this year. Hopefully we will see you all for the 2021 Joe Mooney Summer School, which runs from July 17th to July 24th. Please keep safe and stay well.

Passing of Brendan Mc Glinchey

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Mc Glinchey family on the passing of Brendan.
Brendan was a fantastic fiddle player who taught at our school for many years.
May he rest in peace

Covid 19 Update

In our wildest dreams we could never imagine such a worldwide health crisis could threaten our 32nd Summer School but this is where we find ourselves. The safety of our tutors, our pupils and visitors must be our priority and we are reviewing the situation as matters unfold. We will be guided by the advice of the relevant authorities and have decided to wait until Mid May before making a final decision about this years Summer School. We sincerely hope that we see an end to this and we can enjoy music, song and dance in Drumshanbo come July 18th.

Passing of Ben Lennon

We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Lennon family on the passing of Ben.
Ben was a master fiddle player who taught at our school for many years.
He leaves behind a wonderful legacy in traditional Irish music . May he rest in peace.”