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Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees)

Softday, in collaboration with the Limerick City Gallery of Art, presented a newly re-scored live performance of Amhran na mBeach (Song of the Bees) at the Crescent Hall in Limerick City, the 19th of October 2014, starting at 19:00. This was based on our scientific and creative findings during the original Amhran na mBeach (Song of the Bees, 2010-2013).

Excerpt (3 minutes) video. The full video (51 minutes, full HD) is availble on the USB artefact).

The final artefact, containing a full video, all audio and an e-book was officially launched at the Limerick City Gallery of Art, Thursday the 24th of October 2013 at 18:00. The full video of the Glenstal performance was screened. The artefact is available via our shop.

Song of the Bees artefact

Based on four years of scientific data about bee diseases and colony losses in Ireland, Softday created musical scores for the Glenstal Abbey Choir, organ and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. A sound art composition was also created by the Softday Apiary Ensemble, based on field recordings carried out by the participating beekeepers in their respective habitats.

The world premiere performance of this work took place in Glenstal Abbey Church, the 27th of April 2013, 15:00.

Thanks to all performers for giving is us an outstanding and extraordinary performance. We have just started postprocessing of all photos, video and audio and you will shortly get some clips via this page and our gallery.

We are now working on the design of a physical artefact to hold the resulting media.

If you would like to give us some feedback about Amhrán na mBeach (Song of the Bees), drop us an email on

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Research phase supported by the Arts Council's Artist in the Community Scheme, managed by Create Create Ireland

And we're delighted to have helped inspire young people to work in the domain of bees and science!

Young Scientist 2014

Prof Orla Feely (Irish Research Council) congratulating Daragh Exton and Matt Lucey, winners of the 2014 BT Young Scientist Exhibition's Irish Research Council Special Award for their work on developing an embedded optoelectronic device for counting bees entering and exiting a beehive.