There were violent clashes over the weekend, when Spanish police officers arrested a number of pro-independence Catalan protesters. They were among thousands heading to vote in a referendum on their autonomy.
Of the 2.2 million people who cast a ballot, 90% were in favour of Catalan independence.
Musician David Duffy is a Waterford native now living in Barcelona. He described the atmosphere to Ollie and Mary. Click below to listen: