Bard Summer School 2013
Bard Summer School explores the Irish myths and goes on a unique journey of discovery for their contemporary relevance. All of these myths have lasted thousands of years and have been handed down through Ireland’s oral tradition. There is a place for everyone on the school and Bard has welcomed participants from all over the world. The Summer School is 31/2 days in duration and concludes with the annual Bard Féasta, a Celtic feast.
For those attending the Summer School who wish to visit Clare Island with their families, we are delighted to announce that we will once again run the Children’s Bard. This is conducted parallel to the adult summer school and includes weaving, sport, music, dancing and storytelling.
The Bard Festival hosts evening entertainment such as the annual Islander’s Night, where we experience local music, poetry song and dance performed by the people of Clare Island. This year the schedule includes a walk to the megalithic tombs of the Island and an opportunity to complete the contemplative walk of The Chartres Labyrinth. The festival concludes with a poetry reading by Ger Reidy. Clare Island is the ancestral home of the legendary Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). It provides a backdrop of megalithic tombs, holy wells and a 12th century Cistercian Abbey.