DICK CURRAN [cur-ren] - The oldest human being alive at Cliffhorn Heads, a bit wise, a bit adream.
SHOUTER MACTOMAS [moc-toe-maash] - Another ancient, a man of bearing, a man of old rules and superstitions.
SMIGGY FLAHERTY [FLAH-herty] - Colm's age, his closest friend. A quiet man, gently spoken, strong as the rest.
ROISIN FLAHERTY [ROE-sheen flah-herty] - Smiggy's wife. A handsome, erect woman of the same age.
CIARAN JOYCE [keer-on] - Not yet twenty and anxious to get off the island
GOBNAT CONNEELY [gaub-nit coe-neely] - Martin's very young wife. Helps him in the pub and still shy about it.
TIM-COLIE CURRAN [tim-coalie] - Ciaran's age. Deaf and mute; and so maybe the finest instinctive fisher.
REDMOND CURRAN [cur-ren] - Maybe 40. The new king. A man embittered by the abandonment of the island, especially by Colm's.
DEARBHLA CONNEELY [der-vlah COE-neely]: Nearly as old as Dick. A seeress, whose finger is on the island's pulse.
MARTIN CONNEELY [COE-neely] - Middle-aged owner of the Captain's Public Drinking House. Guiness importer, fish exporter, ex-postmaster, wood seller.
FATHER DIRANE [deer-RON] - Middle-aged or older. An outdoor priest, proud of his parish at the Heads.
AIDAN CURRAN [aid'n] - Redmond's son, undecided: to leave the island or become a lifer. Ciaran's age.
COLM PRIMROSE [coal-l'm] - In his thirties. A returned islandman, the MacAfee's step-son. The would-be king.
THE MACAFEE [mac-uh-fee] - Old. The revenant of Colm's step-father and fishing partner. Bearded.
LIAM FLAHERTY [LEE-um flah-herty] - A fisher of Colm's age, steady, just as strong but more withdrawn than the others.
CAPT DEREK CHAMBERS - Of the beam-trawler Surprise. British. Colm age, neatly bearded, midlands accent.