Blasket Islands, County Kerry

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The Blasket Islands are an uninhabited 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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  • Very worthwhile to visit to see how life once was on the Blasket Islands. That film “Ryan’s Daughter”was filmed at this location. That landscape is dotted with ancient and historical early Christian s...  more »
  • Friday week, four of us went out to the great blasket island for the weekend. We arranged everything through Alice and Billy who run boat trips out to the island and who also have a cafe and accommoda...  more »
  • Finishing the holiday with a boat trip to Blasket Island.Advised to get there early for a good parking spot.30 euros for a return trip.Make sure you have you sea legs + warm & wet weather clothing.You...  more »

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