Sunday 19th May, 3pm
Big Top Tent, Con Smith Park, Cavan


Ornithologist Seán Ronayne from Cobh, Co. Cork is on a mission to record the sound of every bird species in Ireland – that’s nearly 200 birds.

Tickets: €5

Often joined by his partner Alba, he travels to some of the country’s most beautiful and remote locations to capture its most elusive species and soundscapes: the busy seabird colony of Skellig Michael; a native woodland free from road noise in the Burren; the corncrake stronghold of Tory Island; a solitary nest in the Donegal uplands. Along the way we get to know Seán, whose hypersensitivity to sound has proven both a struggle and a strength. At once inspiring and cautionary, Seán’s journey illustrates the beauty and importance of sound, and what listening can tell us about the state of our natural world.

Birdsong is a 52-minute documentary film directed by Kathleen Harris and produced by Ross Whitaker and Aideen O’Sullivan for True Films. Join us for a screening of Birdsong, followed by a Q&A with the film's subject Seán Ronayne and director Kathleen Harris.

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