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29 Nov 2021

Watch: 'The Whispering Fields' - fascinating new short film on Kilkenny's fieldnames

RTE's Helen Carroll guest speaker at Friday's premiere in Lisdowney

RTE’s Ear to the Ground presenter Helen Carroll was the guest speaker at the premiere of a new short film in Lisdowney on Friday evening.

‘The Whispering Fields’ is a short film by the Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project, which premiered at the local national school, Scoil Bhríde.

Ms Carroll, who has strong family connections to Lisdowney, praised all the participants involved in the film. She said she was touched by the comment in the film that the fieldnames are ‘like old tunes passed down from one generation to the next’.

The film was made by local cinematographer Kevin Hughes. It was commissioned by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council, with co-funding from the Heritage Council and Creative Ireland.

The short film celebrates the recording of field names in the areas of Clontubrid, Gathabawn and Lisdowney by local volunteers for the Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project.

Speaking at the launch, local councillor Mary Hilda Kavanagh thanked all the volunteers. She said that the film would not have been possible without the hundreds of voluntary hours provided by them.

A great crowd turned out for the premiere. Live music was provided by local musicians Jack Grace, Holly Moore and Shane Grace, who also provided music for the soundtrack of the film.

‘The Whispering Fields’ is available for viewing at www.kilkennyheritage.ie and on Youtube — search for ‘The Whispering Fields’.

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