This is Simon Ó Faoláin's second collection of poetry. Born in Dublin and raised west Kerry on the Dingle peninsula, Ó Faoláin's poetry has been published in various journals and magazines over the years. His poetry has been awarded the Colm Cille Prize twice. His first collection of poetry, Anam Mhadra, won the Glen Dimplex Irish-language award and the Eithne and Rupert Strong Prize. His first play, An Poll, won the Walter Macken Award from Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe. He is also an archaeologist.
As Gaineamh questions how a person changes. Is a person today the same person as yesterday or are they two completely different people? A person doesn't speak always in the same voice, but instead, changes their voice depending on their mood, the weather and other factors which are in a state of constant change around him.
In the same way, the poetic voice should also change according to the topic and emotion of the poetry. The voice changes in this collection as the poet moves through worry, determination and hope. The main themes examined in this collection are the nature of memory and the the troubled relationship between man and other inhabitants of this planet.