After training and working as a traditional blacksmith for some time Ciarán moved into sound art and field recording in 2011, inspired both by a series of recordings that he made while visiting the Kurdish region of Iraq and by another Leitrim field recordist. He occasionally works in visual arts, making installations in abandoned buildings and working in film.
Originally from Dublin, Ciarán has been living and working near Carrick on Shannon for the past six years and he regularly returns to Dublin to present an experimental music programme on NearFM called The Crooked Button Radio Show.
Ciarán has become increasingly interested in telling stories through sound and especially through audio documentary. His field recordings have been used by a number of artists in their own sound art and music and currently his Kurdistan recordings are being used in work by American artist Saeed Shabaz.
Ciarán's plans for his time at The Dock include blending pure field recordings of human activity with elements of documentary to tell short stories about people's lives.