National Library of Ireland Participates in Outdoor Music Trail

The National Library of Ireland is delighted to be a Trail Point in a special outdoor music trail organised by the Contemporary Music Centre.

Funded by Dublin City Council, the project launched during the Dublin Writer's Festival on 23 May and will continue until 31 August 2011. The project aims to explore the rich connections between Irish writers and Irish composers and is in celebration of Dublin's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The outdoor music trail, designed by sound artist Sven Anderson, consists of five physical locations with motion-sensored listening devices in place along the literary parade in St Patrick's Park, and six extended locations at which listening takes place through your Smart Phone using the very latest in location-based technology for mobile phones.

The other five extended locations are Grogan's Pub, McDaid's Pub, Trinity College, Comhdhail Naisiunta na hEireann and Merrion Square Park.

By downloading the free Layar application (available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and Android devices) from you can experience the trail when you arrive near a trail point by using your headphones.

The particular piece of music that you will hear at the NLI trail point (located just inside the door of the main entrance hall) is Buile Suibhne by Irish composer Frank Corcoran, inspired by Irish poet Seamus Heaney’s “Sweeney Astray: A Version from the Irish”. The wilderness experiences of King Suibhne, powerfully described in a 12th century text, became accessible to modern writers through the Irish Texts Society (ITS) translation Buile Suibhne (The Frenzy of Suibhne)”.

After you’ve completed the trail, make sure to visit the Discover exhibition at 2/3 Kildare St to view an array of ITS treasures!

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