CIAA SCHOLASTIC INC. was  formed  in January 2019 and is now incorporated in New York State under section 402 of the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law . The Corporation is formed to operate a summer educational and service program for Irish-American high school students in Galway, Ireland.  In addition, an application has been made to the US IRS to secure 501-C-3 designation for the Corporation as a charitable entity engaged in educational and cultural activities. Applications are subject to a rigorous review as  the designation is the ‘gold standard for Not-for -Profits in the US. All contributions to 501-C-3 corporation qualify for tax deductions by US Taxpayers.

Chairman: Mike Finnegan Snr., of 17 Lawes Lane, Garrison,NY 10524 USA - C.E.O.: Brian Fahy , of Cranmore, 13 Dr. Mannix Rd., Salthill, Galway.Ireland - Employer Identification Number: EIN  84 -33 50485

We had two radio interviews with Irish Radio Canada. Austin Comerton is the Radio host and he interviewed Dr Johanna Clancy and the Canadian management team of Laura Hay ( and Peter Hughes ( Click on the links below to listen to the interviews.

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Offering you a unique, transformational experience that adds significant long-term value to your personal development and career outcomes is the core of the Celtic Irish American Academy (CIAA) summer program.

Celtic Irish American Academy is an international summer school for American, Canadian and European high school students. The 2019 summer school runs from Sunday July 14th to Saturday July 27th. The summer school is based in Galway City, recently voted the world's friendliest city, home of the Claddagh ring, and regarded as the cultural capital, on the west coast of Ireland. Our mission is to provide you  with an adventurous, fun and unique insight to your Irish heritage.

Students engage in an intellectually stimulating and deeply enriching exploration of their Irish heritage and its intimate bond with the United States. We offer an exciting combination of tours, classes, sports and volunteering. From hiking in the Wild Atlantic Way, to strolling down the cobblestone streets, to learning traditional Irish music and Gaelic language, there is an adventurous program in store for you! 


What to Expect During Your Stay


  • Irish Literature
  • Leadership and Business
  • Irish and Irish American History
  • Irish Language
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Gaelic Football
  • Hurling
  • Volunteering - Service Learning


Day Trips

  • Horse Riding
  • Kylemore Abbey & Connemara
  • Explore Country Life
  • Galway Festivals
  • Hike for a day
  • Ancestral trail
  • Cliff of Moher
  • Visit Dublin



  • Excellent host families
  • Comfortable, Safe and Secure
  • Residential Setting of Salthill
  • Irish Family Experience
  • Home Style Cooking
  • Walk to the Salthill Promenade and Beach
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Friendship for Life



Galway is Ireland's most beautiful and most vibrant city.

It is famous for its welcoming people, its education and innovation.  Urban centre of the Irish language, it is renowned for sport, theatre and the arts. Galway is the cultural capital of Ireland and a student friendly city.

Dr. Johanna Clancy's interview with Ireland Calls Radio Show - April 2018

Ireland Calls Radio Show has been part of the American Irish Fabric for more than forty years. It has now claimed the distinction, of the longest running Irish radio show in the USA. This has not happened by accident. The people at Ireland Calls have kept the show fresh and in tune with current trends. The show covers the tri-state area (NY/NJ/CT)
ireland call radio hosts
Ireland's Call Hosts:
Treasa Goodwin-Smyth & Tommy Smyth
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CIAA Co-Founder:
Dr. Johanna Clancy
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Celtic Irish American Academy
Directors: Dr. Johanna Clancy and Mr. Brian Fahy
Cranmore, 13 Dr. Mannix Road,
Salthill, Galway, Ireland
Tel: +353 86 013 5832