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Women.

Women. This place is a matriarchy says Se├ín 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.

Sean Keating

Words: Nobody’s Business – the Aran Diaries of Ernie O’Malley. Image: Sean Keating.

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