Seosamh Ó Guairim, better known as Josie Joe Pheadair, was born and brought up in County Galway. He left school at a young age and spent time in England, working among other things on construction sites. He returned to Ireland and spent several years working in a factory in Galway city before getting a job as a postman in Carna in the early 1980s, a job he did until a few days before his death. From a very young age he was fascinated by the works of Joyce, Kafka, and Camus as well as the great Greek and Roman philosophers. That is also why the pursuit of philosophy and freedom would later become key themes in his own work of poetry. He published two collections of poetry, Trá thaoille na n-éan (1986) and Croí na cloiche (1995).