Women. This place is a matriarchy says Seán Keating, but how does one recognize that aspect of it? The women stay indoors and the girls… This absence of women is important enough. Only occasionally does one see a red skirt, that of an elderly woman, when the steamer comes in on Wednesday or Saturday. Occasionally a few girls of about 15 or 17 sit on the strand but only when a boat is due. A few young girls normally wander about the strand, from 5 to 7 or 10, and an odd woman may bring down an ass for turf to the pier, but the bulk of women are absent save at Mass on Sunday – August 1955.
Words: Nobody’s Business – the Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley. Image: Sean Keating.