Fri, 15 March 2019
In 1892 Peig Sayers married & moved from Dunquin in West Kerry to the Great Blasket Island. Her life provides us with fascinating insights into what marriage was like in the late 19th century (a combination of a first date and moving in with your in laws!).
Peig's later life also details how events like the 1916 Rising, the Great War and the War of Independence played out on this remote island. The podcast concludes with the story of how and why the Great Blasket was abandoned in the mid 20th century...
Thanks to Niamh Ní Riain of the NLI, Ciaraíoch & Sean Sheehy for their narrations.
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Mon, 4 March 2019
When Peig Sayers died in 1958, she as regarded as one of Ireland's greatest storytellers and folklorists.
Born in Dunquin in 1873 Co Kerry she grew up in the aftermath of the Great Famine in extreme poverty. However life in this remote corner of Ireland is both fascinating and at times unbelievable from a 21st century standpoint.
Later in her life Peig would recall the intriguing details of what is now a lost world. Her life story is full of details which today leave us pondering how our ancestors survived.
She also recorded vivide accounts of major events in Irish history - The Land War, the Great War, the 1916 Rising and the sweeping change that transformed Ireland in the 20th century.
This, the first of two podcasts on Peig, looks at her life in Dunquin Co Kerry in the late 19th century a time when the Great Famine still haunted Irish Society. The second show will look at her life on the Great Blasket Island after she married.
Narrations - Niamh Ní Riain of the National Library of Ireland & Sean Sheehy