Preventing noise pollution: Appreciate the sound of silence

Michael Ferris was convicted over the killing of John O’Mahony

The manslaughter conviction last week of a farmer in Tralee shows how all-pervasive one of the curses of our age — noise pollution — has become.

Michael Ferris was convicted over the killing of John O’Mahony, a tragedy provoked by the constant disruption caused by a crow banger.

Rural communities, especially during annual crop cycles, expect and accept occasional — occasional being the important word in that sentence — interruptions like this but some urban communities seem to have no respite from constant, almost over-whelming and unnecessary noise.

City-based workers can regard buskers whose repertoire is as limited as their vocal range with a particular dread. The peace of suburban communities is shattered by those who choose to express whatever it is they are trying to express by removing noise-limiting baffles from motorbike or cars.

There are few sounds in reality as ill-matched as an approaching roar that seems to predict at least one Panzer division and the arrival of a 12-year-old, granny’s runabout modified and driven by an otherwise inarticulate knucklehead.

This is rich ground for curmudgeonly slating but as our town and cities change, as we live in ever-more intense settings the issue is more pressing. More and more of us live cheek-by-jowl so not only must we respect each other’s physical space but we must also learn to better respect each other’s sound space as well. Turn down the volume.

More on this topic

New golf club boosts Kerry Airport business

People warned to keep dogs out of Killarney lake due to harmful algal scum

50th anniversary of visit by Charles de Gaulle to be marked in Co Kerry

Cyclist, 30s, dies after collision in Kerry

More in this Section

Iron Lady’s authority in doubt after victory for people power

Time to embrace a new approach to Iran

Letter to the Editor: More investment in prevention

Residents of Monaghan village driven to distraction by prolonged road closure


Characters and craic await at Sligo coastline

Living in a glasshouse: Meet stained-glass artist Alison Byrne

Your guide to buying art

7 reasons why Rome is the family-friendly city break of your dreams

More From The Irish Examiner