Traditional Singing

Get to know some of Donegal's traditional Irish-language songs in this relaxed and enjoyable course.


Our summer 2020 series of online courses ran from May 24th–August 7th. We are extremely grateful to the 400+ people who participated. We hope to offer further courses in the winter—more information will be available here in September.

Add to your knowledge of Irish-language song in this online course that focuses on the Donegal singing tradition. This course is suitable for adults who are interested in traditional Irish songs, whether you are a beginner or someone who sings regularly. The course will be taught by singer Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile.

You will gain an understanding of the background to the songs, their words and have plenty of opportunities to practice your singing in a relaxed and encouraging environment. Course participants will attend live online classes from 7.00–8.00pm, Monday–Friday, with a brief welcome session on Sunday evening. There will also be some opportunities for online social gatherings outside of the classes themselves. All events will be delivered via Zoom. The classes will be delivered through Irish: you do not need to be fluent to join but it is recommended that participants are comfortable with simple conversation in Irish.


Ellie Nic Fhionnghaile is a singer and fiddle player from Gleann Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal. She sings with the groups Anúna and Systir. She holds a degree in Applied Music from Dundalk Institute of Technology and is currently conducting research on women in Irish traditional music with a focus on Donegal.

Wondering how our online classes work and what's involved? Curious about dialects or class sizes? Find the answers to your questions at the link below!

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