Peig Sayers

(1873 - 1958)
Born in Dunquin, Co. Kerry, Peig Sayers moved to the Great Blasket Island following her marriage. Herself illiterate, she dictated many of her stories to Seosamh Ó Dálaigh of the Irish Folklore Commission and to Dr. Robin Flower of the British Museum. In 1936, her autobiography appeared which she had dictated to her son Micheál. Her personal history is a masterpiece of the Gaelic Revival genre of memoirs depciting the hardships endured by a poor rural population in remote parts of Ireland. Sayers returned to the main land when the Great Blasket Island was abandoned in 1953 due to a decilining population. She died in hospital in Dingle, Co. Kerry, and is buried in her native village.

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Talbot Press, 1936

Translated into English by Bryan MacMahon, this is the autobiography of Peig Sayers, that remarkable woman who lived on the Great Blasket Island for forty years. This great classic of modern Gaelic literature unfolds a simple tale of island life told with sensitivity by this unique woman who was always in touch with the forces of nature, the sea and the sky.

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