The idealisation of life in the west of Ireland was central to the mission of the Irish Literary revival. The images of life in the west served as an idealised counterpoint to the grubby, urban, materialistic and valueless society that could be viewed a short distance across the Irish Sea. The romantic mythologising of the west of Ireland peasant was a key tenet of the ‘Celtic Twilight’.
"How the West was Wonderful; some Historical Perspectives on Representations of the West of Ireland in Popular Culture,"
The ITB Journal:
2, Article 6.
Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/itbj/vol2/iss2/6