Blasket Islands, County Kerry

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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  • So booked with Billy and Alice.....stayed in peig sayers last home on the island. So chilled out. Relaxing. Such beauty from half door every day unimaginable. Da sounds from da wildlife....da seals on...  more »
  • We have had a boattrip around Blasket Island. It tooks 3 hours and we saw a lot of fishes, wales,seals and seabirds. It is a must have seen. From Dingle or Dunquin.  more »
  • Very beautiful country to visit. The country with a big and very interesting story. Nature is wild and attractive. The islands great . BLASKET I GUY I IN LOVR REALLY
  • Such a beautiful island carrying such a marvelous historical past. I'm currently watching the documentary, regarding the Blasket Islands previous residents. The last residents left in the 50's sadly, due to a diminishing population. Some went to the US (Massachusetts) & others settled on the Dingle Peninsula, whereby their descendants still reside. God rest, all Blasket Island residents, who've passed before us. Thank you all who've passed, for the incredible Irish legacy, that you've left behind, for us to enjoy today. You're all sadly missed by many today, including me.
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