The host of a new documentary about Peig Sayers said she doesnt believe the hate directed at Peig is warranted and wants to help rebrand her.
Peig Sayers was widely considered to be "the most hated woman in Irish history", with her memoir Peig studied for decades in Irish schools.
But TG4 is set to release a new documentary on March 10, which will re-examine her personality and her art as a storyteller portraying her as she has never been before.
Host Sinead Ni Uallachain said:
"I wonder what Peig would have said if she knew that wed still be talking about her, at length, in the year 2021?
"This woman generously shared not only her life story but many other stories that she had collected over the years I dont believe the abuse she continuously receives is warranted.
"There are many layers to Peig, as I found out whilst making this programme."
Maire Ni Dhalaigh, of the OPWs Blasket Centre, said Peig was the Netflix of the time, a woman who loved to entertain and drew people to her.
Archive recordings revealed in the programme from the National Folklore Collection in UCD reveal a theatrical performer.
Aine Ni Bhreisleain, broadcaster, and podcaster of Beo ar Eigean, said:
"Peig didnt know that she would go viral, for many the quote from the book cois li san uaigh is an chos eile ar a bruach is a metaphor for the Gaeltacht and reflects how people perceive Irish as a dead language."
Sinead will meet others who want to reclaim Peig as an icon and hero for instance Sharon Granahan who has a tattoo of Peig.
Renowned poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill features reading a newly composed poem for Peig.