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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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  • 48 passenger ferry Leaving from Dunquin Pier every hour from approx 10.30am in April, May, June and September. Trips every half hour in July/August from approx 10am. Great to have all these trip times...  more »
  • The midges were an unavoidable inconvenience, likewise the rude and exceedingly unreasonable boat taxi operators from 'blasket ferry and tours' in Dunquin. The island has great potential but I'd advis...  more »
  • Best adventure of my life as I'd always wanted to visit after reading Tomas O'Crohan, Peig Sayers, Maurice O'Sullivan and Robin Flower. You really should have hiking boots and a stick for getting up t...  more »