Thomas O'Crohan (Tomás Ó Criomhthain in Irish), a native Blasket Islander started the writing tradition from the Great Blasket. In the 1920s, the islanders had learned Irish as their first language, but only knew how to read and write in English, due to the bans on teaching Irish in schools. Many of these people had fascinating stories of life on the islands, and several scholars realized that these stories would be lost if they were not written down. One particular man, Brian Ó Ceallaigh from Killarney came to the Great Blasket and, in the aftermath of WW1, convinced Thomas O'Crohan to write his memoirs. O'Crohan began writing in 1918, and finished his first book, "The Islandman" in 1923. It was published in 1929, and was extremely successful. Many realized the value of these tales, and O'Crohan was widely acclaimed. Other islanders, seeing the possibilities of writing their stories down began to do the same. This movement created one of the most complete accounts of this type of lifestyle, as well as Irish language literature we have today.