With a mother from the Aran Islands and a father from the heart of Connemara, Síle Seoige grew up in Galway and she grew up “as Gaeilge”. At home in Spiddal where her parents settled, Síle had an idyllic childhood.

Summers were punctuated by trips to the bog, where her father would put a carton of milk down into the peat to chill. Safe keeping for bog tea to be made later.