Bard Summer School and Festival

Experience the living Mayo, because Mayo is always on the move !


July 2017

The Bard Summer School and Festival will take place on Clare Island from Tuesday 4th July to Saturday 8th July 2017.

It attracts participants from all over the world. The School explores all Irish myths handed down through Ireland's oral tradition and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance.

The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where participants experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island.

Children with their families are welcome. Parallel to the Bard Summer School is The Children’s Bard, a special school catered for kids including art, weaving, sport, music, dancing and storytelling.

Participants will be able to complete the contemplative walk of The Chartres Labyrinth.

This year new is “The Battle of Moytura, Building Walls? Building Bridges?”

Participants will explore the contemporary relevance of good and evil through the lens of the great battle between Balor of the Evil Eye and Lugh at the Battle of Moytura.

The event concludes with the annual Bard Féasta, a Celtic feast.