Very sad news from Inis Oirr

It is with great sadness and regret that we heard today of the death  of Gráinne Uí Chonghaile of the Tigh Ruairí family.  Gráinne was the wife of Owen and daughter-in-law of Ruairí.

She has been bravely battling with illness for the past year or more, and tragically lost that battle last evening at home surrounded by her adoring family.

To all who have been at Craiceann in the past, and especially those who have stayed at Tigh Ruairí, this will be felt as a personal loss.

Gráinne like all the Ó Chonghaile family has made us feel so welcome that they have captured our hearts.  We can only imagine the pain that they are suffering and pass on our most sincere condolences at this time of terrible grief.  


The Craiceann Summerschool 2019 will take place from Monday 24th of June through Friday 28th of June 2019

Here is what is going to happen in 2019:

After his introduction in 2018 we are glad to announce Andy Kruspe as a full time teacher for 2019. 

So our tutorial team for 2019 includes Siobhán O’Donnell, Aimee Farrell-Courtney, Cormac Byrne, Jim Higgins, Colm Phelan, Robbie Walsh, Andy Kruspe and Rolf Wagels. Also, the great the great Donal Lunny will also be part of the Craiceann 2019 experience. To read more about the teachers, follow this link.

We will have two great concerts: The Conifers and Troda. Both are two particularly talented young bands that we feel will showcase all that is vibrant and exciting in our music. 
Read more about the bands here.

The three workshops/lectures which take place during the day between classes will be given by Mícheál O’hÁlmháin himself, Cormac Byrne, long time Craiceann teacher and bodhrán maker Christian Hedwitschak.
Read more about the workshops here.

Stevie Moises will bring his mobile lathe and a selection of woods, so he will be able to turn any tippers to your liking! He is working in his workshop during the week and is available for chats and tipper talk. 

  • One of the best experiences of my life. Thank you.–Michael McMahon

  • Craiceann was magnificent!–Tamara Smalling

  • Everyone kept telling me that Craiceann would be the best week of the whole summer, and it was 100% true. Great tunes, great friends, beautiful scenery, and plenty of pints. I was so sad to leave Inis Oirr, but can’t wait for next year!–Cara Wildman

  • I had a wonderful and great time! Never experienced something like that before. A week of wonderful music, spirit, people, kindness… just perfect.–Sada

  • Honestly one of the best weeks ever !–Molly Donnery

  • I am so grateful to Michael, David, Rolf and all the members and friends of the Craiceann family. You made this a week that I never have dreamed of!–Jim Hesch