Yeats found him in France in 1898 and advised him to go to the Aran Islands, to live there as if he were one of the people.
Mr. Balfour's benefactions have not been confined to the Aran Islands.
Aran Islands, three islands with antique relics across the mouth of Galway Bay, to which they form a breakwater.
Galway was near by, and an agreement was made to join Mr. Walker on one of his tours of inspection to the Aran Islands.
During this visit he began the first drafts of the studies which afterwards grew to be his book, 'The Aran Islands.'