blasket island centre
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If you didn’t get a chance to read yesterday’s post - “Dear Nana” — you can click here to catch up. Otherwise, let’s continue our adventures in Europe and head to back to Dingle! I previously wrote about Dingle for Star Wars Day, but today we’ll spend some time exploring some of the lesser-known magic of Dingle, the Great Blasket Island.
My college girlfriends and I ended up doing a nice coastal hike while we were in Dingle but not before we spent time visiting the Blasket Centre. The Blasket Islands are the most westerly island group in Europe located off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula. The Great Blasket Island, the largest of the three, was inhabited until the 1950s with its residents living like they were in a totally different world. The Blasket inhabitants would take a boat to Dingle in order to trade fish for livestock and other goods, but they did not have electricity or many modern conveniences. It was truly like living in a frozen period of time. As the weather in Ireland tends to include lots of storms, there were periods of time where inhabitants were cut off from the mainland, needing supplies they were unable to receive.
The island’s population eventually gave up on their home and moved to the mainland in the early 1950s due to the unsafe circumstances of living on the island in primitive houses and without access to safety and supplies. The tiny island did, however, produce some well-known Irish writers who kept record of their experiences on the Great Blasket: Peig Seyers, Muiris Ó Súilleabháin, and Tomás Ó Criomhthain. Nowadays the Great Blasket Island is home to a couple caretakers and functions as a destination for tourism, allowing visitors to stay overnight and to enjoy historical tours. When my gal pals and I visited the Blasket Centre on the coast of Dingle, we spent a lot of time walking around the museum, looking at photos, reading residents’ reflections, and watching a short film about life on the Great Blasket Island. It was surreal to imagine such primitive living circumstances not that long ago.
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P.S. - If you want to catch up from the beginning on this series of travel adventures, here's a cheat sheet to the posts (in order in which they were published):
55. 13.1 in Dublin
70. the Kingsroad
74. Dear Nana
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