First published: 1936
Resonance: “As I write l am actually looking out over the Blaskets (West Kerry home of Peig Sayers]. While I am from Dublin, my father who is from the Donegal Gaeltacht, instilled a great fondness for the language although sadly I would no longer have the command of an teanga. Everyone I know is aware of Peig, the struggles of the writer and the students who suffered reading her struggles. It probably is to Irish students what Shakespeare is to English students. We had to do it as did my father, who still shakes his head when I mention it.”
Memories: “In 5th year in school those boys doing honours Irish travelled down for a week to West Kerry to visualise what we were attempting to read. The book was difficult and written in the ‘Beal bocht’ of poor mouth. Most students reading it also had the poor me attitude to getting through the book, interpreting it and then going to answer questions on it in the Leaving Cert.
Legacy: “An inter generational text that will stay with us forever.”
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