No matter where you are in the world, you can discover another dimension to Ireland and its landscapes as you plunge into the cacophony of a gannet colony, or the wind on top of a Kerry mountain. Descend into the underworld in County Roscommon, or follow the gentle flow of water from a holy well.
We often perceive places in entirely visual terms, as a snapshot in our minds of their architectural and aesthetic elements. Yet when we leave them behind, it sometimes their sound that we remember most vividly. We recall the crash of the waves, the whoosh of the wind and the chorus of birdsong. Indeed a place’s story is often illuminated by the sound that surrounds it. Think of the contemplative silence of Gallarus Oratory or the thunder of water as it spills from waterfall.
Amidst the clamour and noise of a world that is increasingly busy, these soundscapes are an opportunity to immerse yourself in Ireland. Taken at some of the most beautiful and contemplative places across the island, we aim to capture the essence of a place. You are invited to sit back and allow your mind to settle over the soundscape.
‘…what happens next
is a music that you never would have known
to listen for…
Listen now again.’
‘The Rainstick,’ Seamus Heaney.