Pádraic O’Conaire was born in Galway City in 1882.  His love for the Irish language began at an early age with the influence of an Irish teacher. Whilst working in London in the Civil Sevice, he taught Irish in the Gaelic League and began to write his own short storie and plays.   After winning several prizes for his writing at the Oireachtas in 1914, he travelled back to Ireland and began to walk the countryside with a donkey and a cart, gathering ideas and material for his short stories and poetry, as he went.  O’Connaire was a great story-teller, and spent the last few years of his life teaching the Irish language in Galway .

Pictured here is the front cover of  Ó Conaire's book 'Cóilin Ó Cuanaigh' with a sketch of seal and boy on rocks surrounded by sea, fish and birds.