Seán Fitzgerald is an artist and writer in County Donegal. Starting in 1989 and throughout the nineties, Seán began self-publishing ‘Protest’, a heavily illustrated publication that covered issues around equality, feminism, worker’s autonomy, music, political prisoners and more. Past issues are now part of the permanent archived collection in University College Cork Library.
As the 2000s rolled in, Seán began hosting a podcast called ‘Scairt Radio’ (meaning ‘Shout’ in Irish), which was also aired on A-Radio in Athens, Greece. The show interviewed bands and community activists around the world. Each episode featured insights from political activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, who spoke from his perspective as a death row political prisoner.
Throughout the early nineties and beyond,Seán continued illustrating for grassroots community groups, as well as book and album covers. In 2010 Seán began working on a book combining Irish mythology and folklore to tell the story of the Tuatha Dé Danann and Fomorians. This was drawing from folk knowledge passed down through generations rather than just academic sources.
In 2019 this work saw the light of day as the book “The Last Battle of Moytura”. Currently Seán is finishing an extensively illustrated exploration of traditional Irish ritual, which is rooted in hands-on experience and decades of research, drawing from Old and Middle Irish manuscripts as well as folk traditions.My art and writing is very much part of my focus on positive community development by fostering well being through cultural connection. So, I am deeply appreciative of being part of such a supportive community of like minded people within An Comhairle Sióg na hÉireann. Some people today use the word ‘fairy’ as a homophobic taunt and the phrase “away with the fairies” to suggest someone is out of touch with reality or mental illness. I think it is empowering to reclaim words and bring fairy back to the Sidhe and folklore tradition.