'Getting To Know...'

Francis Heery, composer and sound artist

Francis Heery. Photo:- Maria Finnin

Francis Heery. Photo:- Maria Finnin

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Early morning. Pot of tea. Book.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Giordano Bruno.

Which living person do you most admire?

Alan Moore.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Getting angry at the computer.

What is your greatest extravagance?

The occasional Currywurst (non-veggie ).

What is your favourite journey?

Charlie Byrne’s to the Crane Bar.

On what occasion do you lie?

When it is a bad idea not to.

Which living person do you most despise?

Whoever invented those loud motorised leaf blowers.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

My wife.

When and where were you happiest?


Which talent would you most like to have?


What is your current state of mind?

A bit perplexed.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Staying to the end of Feldman’s 2nd String Quartet.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

A Martin Finnin oil painting.

What is your most treasured possession?

The aforementioned teapot.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Motorised leaf blowers in the morning.

What is your favourite occupation?

Making music.

What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Dark humour.

Who are your favourite writers?

Thomas Pynchon, Heidegger, Stanislaw Lem.

What is your motto?

'Keep it simple'.

Zones of Transit, an audio-visual artwork inspired by the Ballinasloe region, by East Galway artists Francis Heery and Ciaran Óg Arnold, and commissioned by Galway 2020 as part of its Small Towns Big Ideas scheme, will be officially launched on galway2020.ie and on www.francisheery.com/zones-of-transit from 6pm tomorrow.


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