In the Wall Street Journal interview “Ireland’s Enya on How Life by the Sea Influenced Her Music” we get to learn a few new things about her Celtic upbringing in coastal city of Gaoth Dobhair.
To Marc Myers Enya says:
“The sea has been in my heart since I was a little girl. I grew up in Gaoth Dobhair, an Irish-speaking parish on the Atlantic coast of County Donegal, in the northwest corner of Ireland. The area is known for its rugged cliffs and windswept beaches, and the sea’s moods and spirit still find their way into my music.
When I was little, Gaoth Dobhair was a rural area and fairly secluded from the rest of Ireland. It’s still pretty much that way today. It’s the largest Gaelic-speaking parish in Ireland. When I was 4, I attended primary school to learn English.
The parish of Gaoth Dobhair is still quite picturesque. The most recognizable feature is Mount Errigal, which is surrounded by deep glens and lakes. There are six small islands off the coastline, including Gola and Tory, and I’d often take mountain walks and look out at them. We had quite a bit of rain throughout the year, but the rain never bothered me.”
Read it all here.