Women of Ireland's Islands

In the first decade of the 21st century, YourStory recorded the stories of older women living on the islands of Roaringwater Bay, County Cork, Ireland. Isolated from the mainland for most of their lives, these women display remarkable resilience, humor, and knowledge about traditional culture. Here you will find tales of banshees and ghosts, cutting turf and herding sheep, courtship and visiting. These are remarkable women who have much to teach us all.

Kathleen Healy

When I visited her in 2002 and 2003, Kathleen Healy was only one of four…

May O'Driscoll

May O'Driscoll is reminded of the practice of visiting the holy wells on Sherkin Island…

Lizzie Minnihane

Lizzie Minnihane talks about the banshee, foreshowings of a death of a loved one and…

Mary Mac O'Donoghue

Mary Mac O'Donoghue shares the story of the forshowing she experienced before her brother's death,…

Kitty O'Driscoll

Here Kitty O'Driscoll talks of holy wells, the work of growing and harvesting potatoes, and…

Nellie O'Driscoll

In this story told by Nellie O'Driscoll, an argument among friends causes the island priest…

Julia Sheehan

During World War II Julia Sheehan left her home on Cape Clear to work as…