A Gaelic speaking Irishwoman, Peig spent was one of the last inhabitants of the remote Blasket islands. She spent her last days on a hospital bed (circa 1950) relating her life experiences to a scholar.

The resulting book, "Peig", was studied by generations of Irish students becoming a staple of the Gaelic language syllabus. The book contains elements of ancient superstitions and fatalism. Several sons fall off cliffs or drown at sea. Peig's marriage is an arranged one. The hardships endured by the dwindling number of people on the Blaskets is captured for posterity.