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


My son, Conor Hennessey, participated in the program run by Celtic Irish American Academy. For two weeks this summer, he was hosted by a family in Salthill, Co. Galway. He attended classes on topics such as Irish history, culture, and literature. He got to hear speakers such as former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and to explore the city of Galway and the beautiful countryside around it.

From a parent's perspective, this is all very valuable. He was able to stretch and challenge himself through travel and academics. He experienced a small slice of daily life in Ireland by sharing a home with the extremely generous host family, and he was safe and cared-for the entire time.

From a kid's perspective, though, most importantly, he had FUN! Yes he enjoyed the classes, and the things he learned still leak into dinner conversations. But to his mind, the highlights were the many excursions he took, the friends he made from all over, the comfort and warmth provided by his host family, and his increased appreciation of his Irish heritage.

I cannot recommend this program highly enough Brian and Johanna have put together a fantastic mix of learning and adventure. They are accommodating and patient, quick to answer any concerns that may arise in the long months leading up to an experience of a lifetime.

If your child has an opportunity to participate in Irish Celtic American Academy's program, I can only say: Go!

conor cooney masterclass

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
click below to listen to the interview

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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