Blasket Islands: A Lost Way of Life

Just off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry are the scenic Blasket Islands. They poke out of the ocean like the tops of drowned mountains, so close yet so far away. In 1953 the hardy Irish-speaking  islanders left their insular homes to relocate to a more friendly environment. In their books they recorded a poignant lost way of life that seems romantic and sad at the same time. Today their once snug homes are abandoned ruins left to the elements. Their accomplishments are celebrated at the Blakset Island Center in Dunquin. The next Parrish is America!

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Author: Michele Erdvig

Michele has done and seen it all in Ireland. Specializing in Ireland for over 40 years, she is one of the foremost Ireland travel experts in the United States. She writes guidebooks and blogs about Ireland, creates custom Ireland itineraries and dispenses free advice on her Ireland Travel Forum.

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  1. I found the museum to be an incredibly interesting stop on one of my trips to Ireland. I didn’t know much about it before going there and it turned out to be a real gem. I highly recommend it.

    I recommend this book – The autobiography of Peig Sayers.

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