Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara

April 8, 2021
Travels in Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara

J.M. Synge was a tireless traveller who, while celebrating thebeauties of the Irish landscape, never flinched from describing theharsh, unromantic reality of rural life.Capturing the embers of a dying culture, the great playwrightwalks, drinks and talks with a rich assortment of country people,offering unforgettable descriptions of the Puck Fair at Killorglinand horse-racing on the strand near Dingle, of remote cottages andisolated fishing villages. Seamus Heaney wrote of Synge in'Glanmore Eclogue' that heWas never happier than when he was on the roadWith people on their uppers. LonelinessWas his passport through the world. Midge-angelsOn the face of water, the first drop before thunder...His spirit lives for me in things like that.Synge's wandering spirit, as well as the farmers and tinkers,weavers and boat-builders he befriended, live on in these pages,which cannot fail to delight anyone who loves Ireland and herliterature.