The Lakes of Connemara

Music Les Lacs du Connemara Michel Sardou (morceau - 1981)
More than 40 years after its release, Les Lacs du Connemara still captivates the crowds. But what are these famous lakes sung so loudly?
Kylemore Lough and Pollacapall Lough, lakes of Connemara
"Connemara IR - Kylemore Lough 02" by Daniel Mennerich is marked with CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

“Là-bas au Connemara

On sait tout le prix du silence

Là-bas au Connemara

On dit que la vie, c’est une folie

Et que la folie, ça se danse”

Extract from Les Lacs du Connemara by Michel Sardou

From the first verse, the crowds go wild. The land burned by the wind has a solemn moment, sung in chorus by the followers of this music with rhythms that have contributed to its influence. A song that is not always unanimous because even Michel Sardou takes advantage of the length of his song, usually played at the end of his concerts, to slip away during the long musical loop and return to his hotel. A title that remains a legend and a must for parties and events of all kinds.

This song owes everything to a synthesizer left too long in the sun on the back deck of a car after a long trip. Jacques Revaux, Michel Sardou’s composer, takes this white-hot instrument and starts to press the keys. O surprise, a sound of bagpipes escapes from the synthesizer. A rather crazy idea germinates in the minds of the two men, to write a Scottish song. The lyricist Pierre Delanoë starts looking for information about Scotland. Unable to find anything, he managed to find a brochure on Ireland and the fabulous Connemara region.

Based on this publicity, a little documentation and without putting a foot in it, the two men write the lyrics of the song. The problem is that it lasts more than six minutes. Michel Sardou does not want to release it, judging it too long. Jacques Revaux intervenes and convinces him. The rest is legend.

The legend is both French and Irish. If the song generally symbolizes the end of the evening, the last gathering before returning to the homes, it also federates many followers curious to discover this land and these stretches of water sung more or less wrong. Thus, nearly 175,000 French-speaking tourists flock to Connemara every year, with Michel Sardou’s song in mind. A title that the bus drivers leading these tourists near the various sites of the region do not fail to pass for the greatest pleasure of the passengers. Thanks to this craze, the Connemara region thanked Michel Sardou by naming him an honorary citizen in 2011. And Michel Sardou has still not been there, in Connemara…


A Flemish radio station, Qmusic, has embarked on a crazy challenge in 2019, broadcasting the Lacs du Connemara for five days non-stop.

Pollacapall Lough

Kylemore Abbey stands on the shores of Pollacapall Lough, not on the nearby Kylemore Lough. A lake with a thousand legends.

Fascinating, powerful and wild, Pollacapall Lough is a legendary place. It is said, like the famous Loch Ness, that sea creatures sweep across the bottom of the lake, only to be seen on certain summer evenings.

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By Damien Duarte

Thursday, May 12, 2022

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