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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 Blascaod 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 forcefully evacuated by the government to the mainland on 17 November 1953. 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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  • 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 »
  • This was the highlight of our trip to Dingle. We went across to the island with Blasket Island Ferries who depart from Dunquin pier. The walk down to the pier is one of the iconic sights on the Dingle...  more »