Where is it held?
In a classic Irish Country House, now run as a residential learning centre by the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. An Grianán (“The Sunny Place”) is set in its own beautiful grounds, a short walk from the beach. Its staff are legendary for the warmth of their welcome and the quality of their food!
What is the accommodation?
There are single-study and shared bedrooms in the main house and its annexe, and twin rooms in luxury bungalows set back from the main drive to the house.
How do I get there?
An Grianán is in the village of Termonfechin, about 30 miles from Dublin. If you arrive in Dublin by air, a special chartered coach will collect you from the airport at 4.00pm on Sunday 18th August, and deliver you to the airport by 9.00am on Sunday 25th August for your flight home. To ensure a seat on the coach you will need to book this in advance on the application form. We will also send you rail and scheduled bus times from Dublin to nearby Drogheda rail and bus stations before the course. There is ample car parking on site.
What do I need to bring?
Your instruments and a music stand (clearly labelled). The course has a large library of music for you to use but you are very welcome to bring any works you would particularly like to study. If you have trouble transporting large instruments (for example, a bass viol) a number of recorders and viols may be available to borrow—please check with us beforehand.
Can non-players come?
There will be a limited number of places for non-playing partners and children. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult; they may come as players if fully able to hold their own with adults.