Composer Seán’s bringing it all back home

Music man: Killarney composer and sound artist Seán Ó Dálaigh

AN exciting arts project taking place in Killarney is being led by local composer and sound artist Seán Ó Dálaigh in collaboration with the Scotia Ensemble of Tralee.

The culmination of the initiative will be two concerts during Heritage Week – on Friday, August 23 and Sunday, August 25 – in the Garden Room of Killarney House featuring music by Vivaldi and a new composition by Seán which will focus on the theme of nature and the environment.

The talented composer has been leading a number of field recording workshops with the public in the Killarney National Park, demonstrating how he is working on the new music piece using recorded sounds from nature.

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Participants have learned the basics for recording sound, both indoors and outside in nature, and how to edit them for use in documentation, ornithology and nature studies, film

soundtracks and sound art.

The public’s contribution from the workshops will form a temporary sound exhibition at Killarney House during Heritage Week.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Niall Kelliher, said it is fantastic to see projects such as Nature Music that highlight the creativity within the county and, particularly, arts projects that are inspired by nature and the environment.

“The Creative Ireland Kerry projects, supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Arts Council and Kerry County Council, are a great opportunity to promote the wealth of creativity in Kerry and a chance to celebrate the imagination and inspiration of our hugely talented artists,” he said.

Composer Seán remarked: “Having lived and worked away from Kerry for a long time it is a great feeling to be able to give something back to the community that raised me. It is a great honour to have received the funding and support from the various organisations”.

To reserve tickets for the concerts go to or contact Seán at [email protected]

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