Solas : Awakening Ireland


A nationwide series of illuminations, which will see many of Ireland’s most beautiful rural locations and urban landscapes immersed in light.

Locations featured in Solas: Awakening Ireland include the GPO and the Mansion House in Dublin, Trim Castle in Meath, Powerscourt Waterfall in Wicklow, Athenry Castle in Galway, Grianán of Aileach in Donegal and many more. These iconic locations and buildings will be illuminated with projections of reimagined, contemporary Irish imagery such as Ogham lettering, phrases and typography.

The displays will be captured on film and set to a specially commissioned spoken word performance and music composition, which calls on the nation to remain hopeful through these challenging times. These illumination films will be presented on SPF TV at from March 12th to 17th.


Voiceovers : Aoibheann McCann & Patrick McBrearty

Director : Luke Leslie

Director of Photography : Andrew Cummins

Focus Puller : Sam Mulcahy

Second Camera Unit : Kev L Smith

Editor : Peter Madden

Composer ​: Jonathan Casey

Live Cellos : Ailbhe McDonagh

Script Writers : Leah Leslie, Luke Leslie & Gary Duggan

Aerial Unit : The Drone Guys

Festival Producer : Neil Burke

Project Lead : Callum Buchanan

Head of Production : Tony Killeen

Production & Logistics Coordinator : Darren Murphy

Production & Licensing Coordinator : Steph Farrell

Outdoor Event & Broadcast Coordinator : David ‘Spud’ Murphy

Lighting Design and Install : Tom Rohan, EventCo

Lighting Design / Powerscourt Waterfall : Conor Biddle

Project Assistant : Chloe Tully

Still Photographer : Donal Healy

Covid Compliance Officers : Siobhan Buffini & Niall Barrett

Site Managers : Ronan Conroy & Adam Fitzsimons.

Crew : Paul Kelly, Colm Robinson, Susan Collins, Keith Newman, Simon Kennedy, Keith Newman, Brian Murray, Gus McDonagh, Rob Usher Gunter Bleikss, Kevin Dermody, Tony Gunning, Paul Grace, Dougie McConnon, Matthew Kilmurry, & Ulick McAvaddey Lighting EventCo Session Hire With thanks to : Dublin City Council, Office of Public Works, Lord Mayor of Dublin’s Office, Monaghan County Council, Fingal County Council, Galway City Council, Galway County Council, An Post, Trinity College Dublin, Powerscourt Estates, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Shannon Heritage, Health 1st Pharmacy Monaghan, Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, The Courts Service of Ireland