An tAcadamh Ceoil


The opening of Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh represents the legacy of the successful and historic Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann held in Derry in 2013, where traditional Irish music was shared and celebrated by 430,000 people from all communities and all backgrounds.

Our vision is to create a hub for music teaching and learning in the North West – a centre of excellence that promotes participation and inclusivity. With dedicated instrument classes, fun group options, individual lessons and regular formal and informal performance opportunities there will be something to suit all ages.


Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh/ Music Academy is situated in the former 3rd Derry Presbyterian (or Scotch Church) Manse. Designed by Stewart Gordon, it operated from 1837 until the congregation moved to Kilfennan in the Waterside area of Derry in the early 1980s. The three-storey property, which had been derelict for a number of years and fallen into a very poor state of repair, has now been fully restored and refurbished.  The building is named in memory of fiddle player Caoimhín Ó Dochartaigh (1950-2009), one of Derry’s best-loved musicians and a dedicated music teacher.

The Academy accommodates several dedicated teaching spaces; it has in place an instrument bank with a growing range of traditional music instruments available for hire to our students. The Academy is also partnered with Ulster University, it is home to the NI branch of Janet Harbison’s Irish Harp Centre and is also partnered with Na Píobáirí Uilleann who will deliver tuition in uilleann piping.

Our Partners

Ulster University

In partnership with the School of Creative Arts and Technologies at Ulster University, Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh is developing a number of modules and courses to offer traditional musicians and teachers of traditional music pathways and continuing professional development opportunities.

The Irish Harp Centre

The Irish Harp Centre was founded by Janet Harbison in in Castleconnell, County Limerick (in Ireland’s Mid-south-west) as a Music School and a one-stop-shop for all to do with the Irish harp. Harbison (who also founded the Belafst Harp Ochestra) is one of Ireland’s most celebrated harpers. As well as a performer, she is also a widely published composer, writer, educator and orchestra director. From regular weekly lessons to residential courses to a full apprenticeship training (up to 3 years), the Irish Harp Centre’s celebrated oral training method prepares players for life-long enjoyment of music or a career in stage and studio performance, teaching (with the Irish Harp College), background entertainment, ceremonial musicianship and palliative harp therapy. It is also home to several noted performing groups – the Irish Harp Orchestra, the National Harp Orchestra and the Carolan Harp Quartet.

We are delighted to welcome the Irish Harp Centre to its new NI base at Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh in Derry.

Na Píobáirí Uilleann

Established in 1968, Na Píobairí Uilleann, based in Henrietta Street, Dublin is the national resource centre for traditional uilleann piping. Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh is delighted to partner with NPU to deliver top quality teaching in Derry as part of their outreach programme.


All of our tutors participate in child protection training and are vetted through Access NI to ensure their suitability for working with children and young adults. All go through an induction proper to enrolling on the Academy’s teaching staff and follow a strict code of conduct which provides excellent guidelines for their work with young people. The following policies are in place: Child Protection policy; Health and Safety policy; Equal Opportunity policy; Tutor Recruitment and Induction procedures; Codes of Conduct.

Opening Hours

Office hours are Monday – Friday 10am-5pm

Classes run from 10am-9.30pm.

Workshops and special events and some ensemble rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and Sundays.


Master & Apprentice House Session

Posted: 03 December 2016

Featuring Scottish Harpist Catriona McKay and Ulster University student Lauren O’Neill Date: Sunday 4th December 2016 Time: 5.00pm Venue: Acadamh Ceoil Chaoimhín Uí Dhochartaigh An...

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World Fiddle Day celebrations in Derry

Posted: 18 April 2016

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin’s brand new traditional music academy has organised a full day of events to celebrate World Fiddle Day on Saturday 21st May. World...

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6 Week Sessions Beginning This Month

Posted: 12 April 2016

Special introductory offer – 6 weeks for £60 for 30 min one-to one lessons with top tutors An tAcadamh Ceoil are offering a chance for...

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Master & Apprentice House Session

Sunday 26 February 2017

Venue: An tAcadamh Ceoil

Price: Free

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Acadamh Ceoil End of Year Showcase 2017

Friday 16 June 2017

Venue: An tSeaneaglais (The Glassworks)


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