When does the summer school start & finish?
2017: Summer school begins at 10am on Tuesday July 25, 2017, and ends on the evening of Sunday 30th July. Accommodation is booked Monday through Sunday.
Where is the summer school?
Sligo Institute of Technology, Ballinode.
What international airport is the nearest to Sligo?
The nearest international airport is Knock – which serves UK and a handful of European destinations. For other European travellers, we recommend flying to Dublin or UK and connecting by train to Sligo station. It is also possible to reach Sligo via Shannon airport but connections are more difficult without a car.
How far is Sligo from Dublin airport?
2:30 hours by road. 3 hrs by train (www.irishrail.ie), 3:30 by bus (buseireann.ie) from Connolly station plus a short bus trip connection to/from Dublin airport.
Is accommodation available, and if so, what type?
YES, in Benbulben Suites. All rooms are ensuite.
How much is tuition?
€560 EUR (€450 Students) for the week, including admission to all concerts. We run an early bird discount each year, which applies to all who book and pay in full by the end of March. Accommodation is extra.
How much does accommodation cost, and how is it done?
€190 EUR for a single ensuite or €260 EUR for a double/twin ensuite sharing an apartment.
Does “Single” (or “Double”) Sharing Apartment mean you have a separate bedroom?
Yes, you just share a common kitchen with others. Your bedroom has a bathroom attached.
Does Benbulben Suites supply towels and linen?
If I can get to Knock, on what days will somebody be able to pick me up and drop me off at the airport? And is there a charge for this service?
We usually have several arriving to knock on the Monday prior to the summer school start. Knock is only served by some UK airports. We can not guarantee pickup at Knock but if there are several participants/tutors arriving on the same flight it is possible. Exclusive pickups can cost up to €30 depending on driver availability. Beware: Taxis from Knock – Sligo can cost up to €100. There is an irregular bus service from Knock to Sligo. Check www.buseireann.ie or Knock airport website for more info.
I live outside of Ireland. Can I pay via Paypal or a credit card?
Please use our new shop on this website to book and pay your summer school fees. We accept paypal but not are not credit card-enabled. There is an extra charge for paypal transactions.
Are there age limits?
We accept participants from 10 years old and upwards, with a recommended guideline of Grade 3 upwards (classical or rockschool grades). With regards the festival venues, there may be age restrictions on some late night events but most venues are very cooperative.
Can I send my child to the summer school unaccompanied?
No. Minors must be delivered/picked up by adults to/from the summer school, and accompanied in their accommodation, either by a parent, guardian or older sibling. The guardian must take charge of minors outside of workshops/masterclasses and accompany them to all concerts.