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Sound notification over SSH

I just switched from the Konversation IRC client to the terminal based IRSSI. I'm starting IRSSI on a remote machine using GNU screen + SSH. I do not get any sound notification on new messages, which means that I've to check out IRSSI once in a while for new messages.

That's not really productive, so I'm looking for an application / script that plays a sound (preferably /usr/share/sounds/KDE-Im-Irc-Event.ogg and not the annoying beep) on my machine if there is any activity. It would be great if I can disable the notification for certain channels.

Note: text notification is not a requirement, but if possible, I'd like to avoid using the indicator that pop ups on finished downloads from Firefox. This indicator is quite annoying on Kubuntu 11.04.