Blasket Islands, County Kerry

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The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry.GeographyThe six principal islands of the Blaskets are: Great Blasket Island (An Bhlascaod Mór)Beginish (Beiginis)Inishnabro (Inis na Bró)Inishvickillane (Inis Mhic Uileáin)Inishtooskert (Inis Tuaisceart)Tearaght Island (An Tiaracht)HistoryThey were inhabited until 1953 by a completely Irish-speaking population, and today are part of the Gaeltacht. The inhabitants were evacuated by the government to the mainland on 17 November 1953 due to the declining population and harsh nature of life on the island. Many of the descendants currently live in Springfield, Massachusetts, and some former residents still live on the Dingle Peninsula, within sight of their former home.The islanders were the subject of much anthropological and linguistic study around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries particularly from writers and linguists such as Robin Flower, George Derwent Thomson and Kenneth H. Jackson. Thanks to their encouragement and that of others, a number of books were written by islanders that record much of the islands' traditions and way of life. These include An tOileánach (The Islandman) by Tomás Ó Criomhthain, Peig by Peig Sayers and Fiche Blian ag Fás (Twenty Years A-Growing) by Muiris Ó Súilleabháin.
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  • We got taken to this island late after our rib experience boat broke down from fuel contamination. There was one kind gentleman on the island who made everyone free tea and coffee and we all talked un...  more »
  • The appartments are a visit worth on all cases. The visit is fascinating with the knowledge that lived here many years ago people in this solitude. The beach is beautiful, we could see swimming seals in the immediate vicinity. Absolutely worth it!
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  • Was originally planning to go from Dingle but the approaching weather made it necessary to go from Dunquin. A delayed departure owing to an incident on the island where a visitor had sprained an ankle...  more »

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