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Woodbrook: A Lost Single Farm Origin
December 19, 2023 | audio | 1 minute read

This is one of our more unusual tracks, for the fields on which the barley was grown are been wiped from the map. So we begin on a bright, early summer day in South Dublin, to capture what’s left. This track opens up in some woodland at the south end of the field – familiar Single Farm Origin territory perhaps. A stream runs past ahead, and the Dublin road runs north from Wicklow alongside us. All sounds as it should. But as we get closer around the north side of the field, we hear the Excavators and Dumper Trucks that are working: what was once a Single Farm Origin is being turned over into a residential area. Nearby, to the east, golfers tee-off on the course as trains rattle through on the Dublin-to-Wicklow line. We move back around to the south, and closer in again where most of the building work is happening. Nearby we can hear the hedgerows and tree-lines full of life; at least they haven’t changed since barley was last harvested here. The track finishes up on the west side of the old field, where a new entrance, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings have been added. The building work continues beyond, as traffic passes by, north and south.

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