International Audio Arts Festival

April 4th-7th 2019

Kilfinane, Co. Limerick, Ireland


HearSay Media Coverage 



A Selection of Radio & Print Coverage


HearSay17 took place from September 29th to October 1st 2017. Here is just some of the print and radio coverage:  


BBC Radio 4 - Broadcasting House

Jonny Dymond and Maria Byrne reported on HearSay17 for BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House. The eight minute piece aired on October 1st while HearSay17 was still in full swing.


You can listen to the whole programme here (the HearSay Piece is at 25 minutes).



RTE Radio 1 - Inside Culture

"Inside Culture" dedicated an entire hour to a HearSay17 special on October 16th 2017 with the entire programme recorded in Kilfinane - hosted by Fionn Davenport and produced by Zoe Comyns - amongst those featured are locals Annette Hayes, Diarmuid O'Leary, and Tom Ryan along with Festival Director Diarmuid McIntyre and contributors Lucy Dearlove, Jonathan Mitchell, Diane McCorry, Eugene Boyle, Judy Meg Ni Cinnéide, Clare Patey, Cathy Fitzgerald, Chris Brookes, and Eric Nuzum



Documentary Film

A Film Crew were present in the lead up and during HearSay17 to capture a unique portrait of the festival magic. The resultant film is expected to be completed for January 2018


Other coverage included  a rich preview of HearSay17 on the eve of the Festival by the Limerick Leader. A new BBC Radio 4 Documentary by BBC Northern Irelands' Conor Garrett and Author Ian Sansom was recorded at HearSay17 using the festival as a springboard into a surprising journey with creative audio. Limerick's Live95FM did a special 2 hour outside broadcast from Kilfinane during HearSay 17. LCCR did two preview interviews in the lead up to HearSay17. Wireless on Flirt FM did an in-depth interview with Festival Director Diarmuid McIntyre.



A radio and a press piece from previous years that got right under the skin of the Festival are:


RTE Lyric FM - Culture File  & Nova

A special edition of CultureFile on RTE Lyric FM showcased the installations and interactive elements of HearSay2015 including Jimmy Eadie’s (Crash Ensemble) and In the Dark (UK).  


(RTE Lyric FM's Nova also dedicated a special edition of the programme to the sound & radio art elements of HearSay that aired in 2016. )


The Journal: - Inside the 'Woodstock for radio' about to take over a small Limerick village




Blog Posts on HearSay

Here is a selection of reflections on the 2017 event (Drop us an email with a link to your blog post.)

Caroline Hennessy (Bibliocook) - http://bibliocook.com/2017/10/hearsay-2017/

Steve Fanagan - http://www.stevefanagan.com/blog/2017/10/6/echo-location-24

Miranda Diboli https://www.mirandadiboll.com/single-post/2017/10/06/HearSay-2017-warning-I-ramble-on-a-bit-in-this


The spirit of HearSay is unwavering as can be seen from this sample of Blogs from previous HearSay Festivals  

La Cosa Preziosa https://lacosapreziosa.wordpress.com/2014/11/23/10-amazing-things-about-hearsay-2014/

Caroline Hennessy http://bibliocook.com/2014/11/telling-stories-at-hearsay-2014/

Gareth Stack - https://garethstack.com/tag/hearsay-festival/

Kathryn O'Sullivan https://viewfromzanymountain.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/home-for-hearsay

Mike Glennon https://www.cmc.ie/news/191214/report-hearsay-international-audio-arts-festival



Social Media

Check out #HearSay17 or @HearSayFestival on Social Media to see the incredible reactions to HearSay17 on social media.

For some great reading HERE is a collection of Twitter Feedback from HearSay in 2015.


Creative Outcomes from Previous HearSay Festivals

HearSay is a place for playful experimentation, inspiration, and new collaborations. Whether it is the first meeting of the wonderful teams behind shows like CBC's Love Me, and Serendipity the creation of new work for BBC Radio 4's Shortcuts, or the airing of pieces created for HearSay on podcasts and stations throughout the world.


Here is a sample of some that you mightnt be aware of:


RTE Drama on One and The Truth "The Man in the Barn"

A special Irish based episode of the US Based fiction podcast The Truth was recorded on location in Kilfinane at HearSay15 with Irish Actors Maeve McGrath, Sarah Reynolds, and Joe Mullins along with US Actor Louis Kornfeld and Director Jonathan Mitchell with a cameo by Festival Director Diarmuid McIntyre.

The special episode was commissioned by RTE Radio 1 in association with HearSay was released in May 2016 via The Truth to its hundreds of thousands of listeners and broadcast simultaenously on RTE Radios 'Drama on One'  

Listen here:  http://www.thetruthpodcast.com/story/2016/5/12/the-man-in-the-barn

The Man in the Barn won Silver at the 2017 Sarah Awards for Audio Fiction.


HearSay Piece leads to collaboration and broadcast to Millions in the USA and Australia 

At HearSay14, “The Light” by Danish Producer RikkeHoud was recorded with Pat Herbert of the Hurdy Gurdy Museum. It explores Pats relationship with “The Wireless”, neighbours and the transmission of the 1947 All Ireland from New York. Following its creation at HearSay2014, ABC in Australia commissioned a graphic artist to illustrate “The Light” in a special initiative "Radio with Pictures".

"The Light" premiered in Kilfinane for HearSay15 and broadcast on ABC with screening in across Australia cities including at the Sydney Opera House. At HearSay, the US rights were picked up resulting in a Thanksgiving day broadcast in nearly 350 cities across North America, reaching an audience of more than 2.7 million radio listeners.

Watch "The Light" here  http://radiowithpictures.com.au/the-light/


Compositions Premiered

Three specially written interrelated compositions including dramatic sequences with Limerick based actors by the Resonance Radio Orchestra were premiered at HearSay and broadcast on London's ResonanceFM in 2015. Ed Baxters's composition was subsequently nominated for the prestigous Prix Italia.


Have you a Creative outcome or Collaboration that arose from HearSay?

Drop us an email to let us know about it!

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