The Willie Clancy Summer School, or Willie Week as the locals call it, runs every year from the first Saturday in July until the following Sunday week, i.e. 9 days in total. The festival is Ireland's largest traditional music summer school, held annually since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy. During the week, nearly a thousand students from every part of the world attend daily classes taught by experts in Irish music and dance. In addition, a full program of lectures, recitals, dances (céilithe) and exhibitions are run by the summer school.