We provide classes for children and adults in the following:

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Ceoltoiri Adult lessons imageOur classes take place weekly on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in Marino College, Marino Mart, Fairview from September to the end of May. Classes last 30 minutes each and comprise two students matched in standard and age group.
Ceoltoiri Adult lessons imageOur teaching programmes aim to encourage each student to gain over time a very strong competency in solo and group playing, a wide repertoire suitable to the instrument of their choice and an in-depth knowledge of the tradition.
Ceoltoiri Adult lessons imageA learning programme is set for each student and progress is monitored on an on-going basis to ensure they are making progress. There is an opportunity for session playing at the end of each term where all students come together in Marino College to play common session tunes.

Student development


Typically students progress to our award-winning groups and ceili bands where they get the chance to play in festivals and compete in national competitions. The student's teacher will advise whether they are ready to join the groups. Typically a child of 8 to 10 years with a year or two of playing would be ready to join.


Adult students are invited to join our Thursday night group class from 7-8pm in Marino College. This is followed by a slow session from 8-9pm which aims to develop the skills required for group playing in a session scenario. It provides a bridge for the intermediate student between the class situation and full session playing. For More information about adult classes go to our Adult Programme.

Classes for children and adults take place on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and on Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Marino College, Marino Mart, Dublin 3 (opposite Fairview Park).



Ceoltóirí Bands regularly perform throughout the year in Dublin venues such as the Helix, the Axis theatre, Sean O’Casey theatre, Liberty Hall and Smithfield. They perform regularly for club members in St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall and travel to Drumshanbo every Autumn to showcase our session tunes.


Our award winning bands compete at the Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland Fleadh every year with great success and have been known to wow audiences across Europe with their talent and enthusiasm.


Try Trad Music

We also welcome Transition Year students to our Try Trad Music programme. This programme is targeted at young people with no musical playing experience as well as those who have played music in other genres. Playing music is a life enhancing skill, and we want all young people to have the opportunity to play and enjoy traditional music.


We are actively involved in a number of scholarship programs and also encourage community involvement and spirit of volunteerism in our young players, many of whom have volunteered in nursing homes and DCC events individually and in groups.

Youth Performance Groups


To enhance the learning experience and as part of our quest to bring traditional music to a wide audience, Ceoltóirí train various youth performance groups, from 7 to 18 year olds.


We travel and perform in festivals, competitions and public events both at home and abroad. We also organise sessions for students, including adults, to enable them to gain session-playing experience and to enjoy the music.



All our teachers have been selected on the basis of their strong playing and teaching capabilities. Class sizes are small (usually 2 students per class) and our teaching programmes are designed to encourage excellence in playing technique and personal performance as well as an understanding and appreciation of the music tradition.

Join the Team

Ceoltóirí teachers and teaching programmes are very highly regarded in traditional music circles nationally. If you would like to join the team and you are interested in a teaching position in our music school, contact us. If you are interested in a teaching position in our bands, email your CV to

Want advice?


Many parents would like to talk to someone about their children learning traditional music before making a commitment to classes. Having over 50 years of teaching experience, we would be delighted to arrange for one of our members to talk to you about your particular situation.


We would also be delighted to provide advice to any adult thinking about playing music for the first time. You may already have played music in the past (either traditional or any other form) and would like some guidance about how to reconnect.

We have a manned reception desk on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in Marino College, Marino, and Saint Gabriel's Parish Hall Saturday evenings serving as as contact point.

Rental Scheme


Padraic McNeela is now looking after all our instrument rental requirements so there is nothing to stop you from starting our music classes. Check out our classes and get signed up for a life changing experience.


Padraic can provide instruments on a rental basis which can then be purchased at no loss if you decide to continue with the instrument and the class.

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What to expect

Excellence in playing technique and an understanding and appreciation of the music tradition.

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Annual enrolment is usually the first week in September.

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Class schedule

Classes generally follow school terms.

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Ceoltóirí can now accept registrations by email and payments by electronic transfer. Please email us for a registration form and return it to .