The Aran Islands is a four part collection of journal entries regarding the geography and people of the Aran Islands. It was completed by John Millington Synge in 1901 and first published in 1907. It is based on Synge's multiple travels through the Irish speaking and predominately rural set of islands off the Western coast of Ireland. The book presents many of the local specificities of the Aran Island people while simultaneously contextualizing the Aran Islands as part of broader European and global commercial networks.
Due to the rocky topography and limited natural resources and shipping capabilities of the Aran Islands they remain largely isolated from mainland Ireland. As such, communities on the Aran Islands developed in specific ways that are reflected in the culture and language of the Aran Islands. Some of these specific traditions have since disappeared or otherwise been changed by the modernization and tourist commodification of the islands but Synge's work has preserved some parts of this way of life.
Playwright Joe O'Byrne adapted Synge's book for the stage in early 2015. "The Aran Islands" premiered in June 2015 at the Viking Theatre in Dublin before touring Ireland. It had its U.S. premiere in June 2017 at Irish Repertory Theatre. (wikipedia.org)