Peig Sayers – Níl Deireadh Ráite / Not the Final Word (paperback) (pre-order, forthcoming June 2022)
Peig’s recollections were never written down but dictated to others, and in the process often edited or shortened. As a result they often
became the object of satire, such as Flann O’Brien’s An Béal Bocht, and in the school book version that many generations of students were
confronted with, Peig’s recollections are often the met with remarks of unhappy memories.
After Pádraig Ó Héalaí and Bo Almqvist’s authentic edition was published in 2009 (Labharfad le Cách / I Will Speka to You All) by New Island, her contribution to Irish literary history and culture enjoyed a better assessment and her tales found a
new audience worldwide. In part 2 of this Peig Sayers revival, Pádraig Ó Héalaí used the recordings made in 1952 by the Irish Folklore
Commission. These unique and higly relevant recordings have now been remastered and a link to them will be available in the book. Ó Héalaí has edited these transcripts and translated them into English, and there is no doubt they will add to giving Peig her deserved and appropriate place in Irish culture.