Tá m’fhuil Éireannach, my body is not. (2019)

Exploring my cultural identity through the Gaelic language. I asked my grandfather to teach me about the significance of the Gaelic language. He taught me the Irish national anthem and the folk/rebel song Oró, Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile. The audio cuts between this and a soundwalk I took up the exposed Mount Pelier Hill, at the summit of which sits the ruins of an old english lord's hunting lodge known as the Hell Fire Club. Once I reached the summit I explored the lodge before singing the chorus to Oró, Sé Do Bheatha 'Bhaile to myself.

 

 

I found the blustering wind noise an adept manifestation of my discomfort with my own heritage and place in the turbulent anglo Irish relations.

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