A married couple in Kentstown says they are no further on in trying to eradicate a mysterious
buzzing sound in their house that has made their daily lives a living misery.
Gemma and Tony Agnew, from the Brownstown area, have been suffering from the noise for
almost three years now and have been forced to sleep in their van and with a neighbour
during winter months.
We spoke with the couple earlier in the year and the dilema continues with no sign of
resolving the ‘noise’ that is destroyng their lives.
According to Gemma, “this noise is driving me demented. I think it’s coming from
somewhere close by but despite our best efforts, we are no further on in trying to solve the
The constant but intermittent sound resembles a buzzing and clicking noise.
It has forced the Agnew Family to call in the services of the Environmental Protection
Agency, Dawn Meats and Meath County Council.
However, neither bodies have been able to identify the problem.
Gemma told Meath Live earlier this year that when the problem first emerged, she thought
that maybe she was developing mental issues.
“At first I thought I was going crazy and imagining it but then Tony managed to record it on
his phone so I knew it was for real but the council and the EPA sent people out and could
“Our suspicion at the time was that whatever machine is making the noise was turned off
when they were doing their inspections.
“It’s bad at night and worse inside the house so we have little choice but to wear headphones
during the day and sleep outside in the van most nights.”
She told Meath Live that she and her husband have contacted close on 30 companies that
specialise in industrial acoustics but said they are charging too much for call-out fees.
“The average call-out fee is around €600 and the problem for us is, we don’t want to call out
people only for them to show up at the house and for no sound to be heard.
“They could be back at their office and the sound would return.”
The couple live in a 19 th century house and say the vibrations they experience could be related
to nearby industrial machinery that travels through the ground when active.
“We’ve discussed this problem with lots of people locally and nobody is any the wiser.
“My next step is to write to the physics departments in Trinity College and Dublin City
“I might as well go to the top. At this stage, I have nothing lose,” she said.