Why Resonance?

Volunteer-led, bringing people together

Our Story

Resonance was founded by Steve Coakley, Emily Ross and Carmel Doohan, creative technologists and musicians with a flair for gatherings. Inspired by the diversity of TED talks and the magic of Other Voices in Dingle, and of course, the beauty of their surroundings on the River Shannon – they decided to create Resonance, a festival of ideas in Ireland’s midwest region.  

Mole… when tired at last, sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world.

Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows

The River Shannon

Mythology tells us that the river Shannon originated in the search for inspiration. To this day, it is a source of creativity and wonder. Resonance celebrates the meeting of minds, the meeting of waters and ideas that resonate.

Resonance is a not-for-profit festival of ideas taking place in September 2024, at the cultural and historical crossing point of the River Shannon in Ballina Killaloe.


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