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What is the Irish setting of "Riders to the Sea"?

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prawina | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted December 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM via web

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What is the Irish setting of "Riders to the Sea"?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 2, 2011 at 1:21 AM (Answer #1)

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This short drama of a fishing family being struck by tragedy takes place on the Aran Islands, the most barren and forlorn part of an otherwise green Ireland.  The sea is both the livelihood and the death-bringer to this population, dependent on the fishing trade (small boats, called curraches, in rough seas).  The men must go out despite the weather, and there are few shelters on the shoreline, which is mostly steep cliff-face. (The film "The Man of Aran" shows the play's setting very well.)  The setting fits the Irish/Celtic mystical tone of the ghost-rider that signals the loss of yet another son, seen riding a white horse along the cliff's edge.   

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