Solas: Awakening Ireland

What a wonderful opportunity it was for me to write music for this beautiful film; Solas: Awakening Ireland as part for the 2021 St. Patrick’s Festival, sponsored by TikTok.

It was directed by the extraordinarily talented Luke Leslie; full credits below!

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.

Festival Producer Neil Burke

Project Lead Callum Buchanan

Director Luke Leslie

Director of Photography Andrew Cummins

Editor Peter Madden

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

Second Unit Camera Kev L Smith

Project Assistant Chloe Tully

Drones The Drone Guys

Photographer Donal Healy

Covid Compliance Officers Siobhan Buffini, Niall Barrett

Site Managers Ronan Conroy, Adam Fitzsimons


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, ​Sam Mulcahy

Composer ​Jonathan Casey

Script Writers Leah Leslie Luke Leslie Gary Duggan

Voiceovers Aoibheann McCann Patrick McBrearty

Lighting EventCo Session Hire

Solas: Awakening Ireland is commissioned by St. Patrick’s Festival and supported by TikTok.