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Fiddlers enjoy the experience of Ireland's Music, Culture, Cuisine and Hospitality

Love Irish folk music? Traditional Irish music? But don't play a fiddle? Prepare to turn shamrock-green with envy when you discover Theresa Bourke's Fiddlers Retreat. (Better yet, sign up for violin lessons NOW!)

Fiddlers Retreat is the first and only school of its kind in Ireland that runs an Irish music and cultural residential school for professional and non-professional players alike violinists of all styles of music.

Here's a description of Theresa Bourke's school, in her very own words:

"My name is Theresa Bourke and I run an Irish Fiddle and Culture School [open throughout the year] based in County Tipperary, Ireland.

Having spent the last few years touring with Irish Dance shows Bru Boru, Spirit of Ireland and Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance I have now returned to my home and established a unique school where fiddlers can enjoy a real experience of Ireland's Music, Culture, Cuisine and Hospitality during week long courses.

Besides daily training in Irish music, students will be escorted on tours to the many famous historic and scenic sights that are within easy reach of the accomodation in my home. (The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny, the river Shannon . . . are but a few places of interest.)

At night, students will be taken to an Irish music session where they can play along if they wish. "

Here's Theresa Bourke's response to questions:

"My retreat is for both women and men. (If a small group of ladies wanted to reserve a week solely for themselves, I would be delighted to accommodate them.)

I only take small numbers of guests 3-4 to make the holiday as personal as possible for everybody. I have two single rooms and one double room, and no, there is not an extra charge for single supplement. I run the course even if I have one guest. If I have three bookings every person has their own room, I only take in four if I have either two friends or a couple who are willing to share.

At the moment I am running a small concern. I want it to stand out for the personalized service, attention to detail and high standard of tuition/activities/food/accommodation.

My home is a beautiful traditional Irish bungalow, with two large gardens, front and rear; it is tastefully decorated and of a very high standard of furnishings. It is the home I grew up in and I take great pride in welcoming guests into the heart of it.

It is located in the village of Loughmore which has every convenience, including a little shop attached to one of the local pubs, R.C. church, post office, primary school, parish community hall.

It is one of the last villages which has escaped the building boom or the Celtic Tiger as most people call it. It is a rural, agricultural parish and I believe this will not change because the land is precious to the farmers.

The river Suir runs by just down the road, in fact you could nearly hear it babbling it is so near! The ruins of Loughmore Castle and the old church are across the road, and the restored water-mill and original pump-house for the
villagers is nearby.

The courses run for six days; players arrive on the Sunday evening and
we begin the week with a home cooked meal where we get a chance to get
to know each other.

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