Bard Summer School

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


July 2018

The 2018 Bard Summer School and Festival will take place on Clare Island from Wednesday 4th July to Saturday 7th July.

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 the focus will be on “Innocence and Violence” through the lens of the ancient Irish Myth Midir and Etain.

The guest poet is Adam Wyeth.

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