THE STORY TRAILS
Moth and Butterfly’s ‘Story Trails - Land & Sea (At Knockma & Claddagh) are a unique way to experience stories connected to an area. You can experience the stories live in their locations, and also listen remotely by following the special instructions in the links. This is a special preview for Moth & Butterfly Mailing List members and will be available to enjoy from the 6th of November for two weeks. The event will launch to the general public during our festival (4th to 6th of February 2022). There is no charge to access this link, and it has been made possible with kind support from our sponsors. Any donation you make today allows us to continue making projects for our community and beyond. To donate today via PayPal, please click the ‘donate’ button at the very bottom left of this page. Thank you for your support.
A Traditional folk tale, adapted and told by Órla Mc Govern. Original Music by Sinéad Hayes. The Claddagh is an area in Galway City. The Story Trail is split over three Areas (A, B & C). You start at the top ‘A’ Area and finish at Area ‘C’ by the Sea. You can listen anywhere in a specific area, until that portion of the audio ends. Feel free to walk, sit or stand. When you move into a new Area, a new part of the story will automatically trigger, so please walk in A, B, C order. If you are listening from another location, simply follow the instructions to move the little ‘person’ to the area you want. If cell reception is poor, you can also download the story to your browser by clicking the download symbol. Be mindful of pedestrians and traffic, and enjoy your experience!
A Traditional tale, told by Midie Corcoran. Written by Órla Mc Govern. Original Music by Sinéad Hayes. Knockma is a hill located 8km west of Tuam, Co Galway. You can listen to the story anywhere in the Area set out in the map. To climb to the top takes 60 to 90 mins, and the story is 10 mins long, so you can choose to listen anywhere on your walk. If you are listening from another location, simply follow the instructions to move the little ‘person’ to the Area you want. If cell reception is poor, you can also download the story to your browser by clicking the download symbol. Be mindful of pedestrians and your footing, and enjoy your experience!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Audio tracks are assigned to sound areas along a prescribed route. Once you have loaded the walk onto your phone, plug in your headphones. Start listening! When you enter a sound area, the locational GPS information from your phone triggers the sound to start automatically. You can continue to walk at a normal pace or stop and listen. Some stories have one ‘Area’ or track, others are divided up into sections. When In doubt, always follow the alphabet and go A, B, C in that order.
An Internet connection is required to connect to the Sonic Maps server before it can be experienced by a user. However, once a project is loaded in the Sonic Maps player, it is possible to download all the files, so they can be listened to later. Even if cellular Internet connection is available, you might want to pre download your project while on Wi-Fi to avoid data charges and reduce loading times.
The player runs in any modern browser, on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. It is browser-based, so you don't have to install anything to use it. The first time you visit the Player, some browsers will ask you to install the app as an icon on your device’s home screen so it can be used like any other app. Currently, recommended browsers are Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS, both providing a nearly identical experience. Firefox or Edge should also operate without issues.
When you first open the Sonic Maps player app, you should see a pop-up window asking for permission to use your precise location. Once you accept and a GPS fix is obtained, your location should be displayed on the map as a small blue circle. If this is not the case, please make sure GPS and location services are enabled and your browser has permission to use this service. On some operating systems, permissions are now granted on a per app basis instead of being a global setting.
If your story is in one Area, you can stand, sit, or walk at any pace to experience it. If your story is spread over a few areas, just stay anywhere in *that* area until the audio finishes and you can move to the next.
To avoid this, change your screen time-out settings in Settings, Display. We recommend that you install the Sonicmaps player app as an icon on your device’s home screen so it can be used like any other native app. This will avoid the screen timeout issue.
During each track in the Sonicmaps app, an information screen with the track description appears. Your story may have only one track, or be split into three (Knockma is 1, Claddagh is 3). At the bottom of your screen is a picture Icon. Click the icon to see your position on the trail map, and click it again to return to the description.
That's okay! You can listen remotely from wherever you are! Just click the story button, follow the link, and on the story map site, you will see a little figure. Click on the figure, and drag it to the highlighted story Area you wish to listen to, and your story will begin.
If your story is spread over multiple areas, like at The Claddagh, it’s likely you started in the wrong area. Simply walk (or drag the figure) to section A to start the story, then move to B, and C.
You will hear a thank you message from us at the end of the story.