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  The Great Blasket Islands - Boat Trips and Eco Tours
The Great Blasket Island, the most westerly point in Europe, is the largest of a group of islands located 3 miles off the tip of the Dingle Peninsula Gaeltacht, 13 kilometers west of Dingle town.
In contrast, the remaining island Beginish is a small, low-lying island, its green plateau used as a source of fodder for livestock.
Blasket Island Ferries: Blasket island ferries are available from April to September on the "Peig Sayers" fast ferry leaving from Dingle Yacht Marina every 2 hours or on the traditional route from Dunquin Pier every 1/2 hour.
www.dodingle.com /pages/blasket_island_trips.html   (931 words)

  Blasket Islands - Encyclopedia.com
Blasket Islands group of rock islets, Co. Kerry, SW Republic of Ireland; a lighthouse is on one of the islets.
Great Blasket, largest of the islands, was the stronghold of Piaras Ferriter, the last Irish chieftain to surrender to Oliver Cromwell.
Ireland: Memories are made of this A journey to the Dingle Peninsula and the isolated Great Blasket island is a haunting reminder of the past.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-BlasketI.html   (985 words)

  NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Blasket Islands
The Blasket Islands (Na Blascaoidí in Irish - etymology uncertain: it may come from the Norse word "brasker", meaning "a dangerous place") are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry.
Inishtooskert (Inis Tuaisceart in Irish) is the northernmost of the Blasket Islands, County Kerry, Ireland.
Tearaght Island is an uninhabited island situated to the west of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Blasket-Islands   (835 words)

 Irish travelog
The foremost and largest is the Great Blasket (An Blascaod Mor), on which a small island community thrived for centuries, until finally in 1953 they were forced to abandon their traditional way of life and move to the mainland.
Visiting the Blaskets today is a haunting experience, as all around you see the traces of a vivid life that now exists only in their books.
Our visit to the Great Blasket stands as one of the great moments of our time in Ireland, and many of the students said later that this was the most unforgettable part of their travels in Ireland.
ireland.wlu.edu /springtravel/Blasket_Islands   (369 words)

 Blasket Islands | SIGNPOST TOURS
The most westerly land in Europe are a unique group of islands, inhabited for thousands of years, they were finally abandoned in 1953, when the last inhabitants were moved to the mainland.
On the Great Blasket, life has stood still, there is no electricty, no phone, no television, no cars, only the sound of the sea, the cry of the gulls, unspoilt beaches, extraordinary bird life an a uniquely peaceful atmosphere.
On the Great Blasket, life has stood still, there is no electricty, no phone, no television, no cars, only the sound of the sea, the cry of the gulls, unspoilt beaches, extraordinary bird life and a uniquely peaceful atmosphere.
www.signposttours.com /blasket_islands_1   (330 words)

 Welcome to Cork Kerry-Blasket Islands
Tearacht Island, the most westerly of the Islands, is Europe's most westerly point (excluding Rockall), at 10 deg 40' West.
The Blaskets were abandoned in 1953 when the last people on the island came ashore to a new life in a mainland home.
The Great Blasket Island covers a 1,100 acres of unspoilt mostly hilly landscape, the Island is approximately 4 miles long and 1/2 a mile wide.
www.corkkerry.ie /?id=191   (517 words)

 The Blasket Islands on the Southwest Coast of Ireland - Historical Information
Sadly, the Blasket Island community declined as a result of the persistent emigration of its young people, until eventually the Island was abandoned in 1953 when only 22 inhabitants remained.
He calls the Islands "Yslas de Blasques" and would have us believe that the inhabitants were all fluent Spanish speakers!) The very fact that the Ferriters controlled these Islands as far back as the 13th Century, and maintained their own castle there, is a clear indication that they were inhabited at an early stage.
Nevertheless, Island life was a constant hardship and struggle – a three-mile crossing to the mainland, followed by a five-mile walk by road for a priest, or a twelve-mile walk to reach a doctor.
www.dingle-peninsula.ie /blaskets.html   (2609 words)

 The Blasket Islands, County Kerry, Ireland
Although now uninhabited, the Blasket Islands were once home to a thriving community, cut off from the rest of Ireland by the two miles of sea forming the Blasket Sound.
Aided by Government grants, the last inhabitants of the island were re-settled on the mainland, mostly in the parish of Dunquin.
Although there is evidence of prehistoric dwellings in the exposed western parts of the island, the historical village was built on the side of the island facing the mainland.
www.kerryholiday.co.uk /blaskets.html   (861 words)

 National Parks & Wildlife Service - Conservation sites   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Blasket Islands are situated at the end of the Dingle peninsula in Co. Kerry.
Great Blasket Island, separated from the mainland by the Blasket Sound, is by far the largest of the islands (459 ha) and rises to 292 m above sea level.
The vegetation of the islands is typical of exposed western islands.
www.npws.ie /en/Conservationsites/SpecialAreasofConservationSACs/SiteSynopsis/Kerry/Name,1089,en.html   (1189 words)

 Blasket_Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Blasket Islands From Sterwiki thumb250pxDie Blaskets von Slea Head aus gesehen Die Blasket Islands, irisch Na Blascaodai (Ausspr.
Die Lebensweise auf den Blasket Islands gilt bis heute als sehr archaisch, da sie grosstenteils auf dem Tauschhandel beruhte und die Lebensbedingungen vergleichsweise einfach, wenn nicht primitiv waren.
Informationen zu Geschichte, Kultur und Bevolkerung der Blasket Islands.
www.inhrenachrichten.de /nachrichten/Wikipedia.org/2005/03/09/Blasket_Islands.html   (335 words)

 Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Today the Blasket islanders, their children, and grandchildren are themselves scattered like grains of sand, from Irish mainland villages to American cities.
Their island is home only to flocks of storm petrels, guillemots, and razorbills - and Manx shearwaters that come screeching in at about one in the morning, a fisherman has told me, making a hair-lifting sound like a coven of witches cackling.
The history books note that the Great Blasket is the largest of the group of seven islands, and the only one that was continuously inhabited into the 20th century.
www.islands.com /articles/f02121998.asp?island=ireland   (3405 words)

 Blasket Islands Beschreibung in Library - Definition und Buch-Tipp.
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Die Blasket Islands, irisch Na Blascaodaí, sind eine Gruppe kleinerer, heute unbewohnter Inseln vor der Westküste Irlands.
blasket_islands.know-library.net   (741 words)

 The Blasket Islands, Next Parish America by Joan Stagles
Joan and Ray Stagles first visited the Great Blasket Island in 1966, and returned annually as the island and its history became a passion with them.
Joan died in 1978 and her husband continued her research and writing on the island to produce this testament to the island people.
The book traces the fate of the Blasket people and the slow erosion of their culture to that sad day in 1952 when the families were evacuated from the Great Blasket Island.
www.claddagh.com /books/book.asp?ISBN=0862780713   (166 words)

 Trek&Trail   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A few villages speckle the shores of the islands where the natives speak the old Gaelic and hold much of Ireland's folklore and historic culture in traditional stories and songs.
This county is home to the Blasket Islands and many ancient burial mounds, stone circles and lone megaliths -- evidence of a pagan past.
The focus of this trip is on exploring the area's spectacular islands and coastline via a medley of foot, bike and kayak travel.
www.trek-trail.com /popup/IRE.html   (2478 words)

 An Bhlaskaoid Mhóir (Blasket Islands) | Southwest Ireland with Cork & Killarney Sights & Activities | ...
The largest of the An Bhlaskaoid Mhóir (Blasket Islands) visible from Ceann Sleibne, the Great Blasket was inhabited until 1953.
The Blasket islanders were great storytellers and were encouraged by Irish linguists to write their memoirs.
The Blasket Centre explains the heritage of these islanders and celebrates their use of the Irish language with videos and exhibitions.
www.fodors.com /miniguides/mgresults.cfm?destination=southwest_ireland@601&cur_section=sig&property_id=92928   (183 words)

 Blasket Islands, Co. Kerry - myguideIreland - Ireland Travel Information Guide
Of these, it is the Great Blasket which is most visited with thousands of tourists making the ferry ride over to explore this beautiful island every year.
Indeed, the island has been virtually abandoned since 1953, when the government paid the remaining 22 inhabitants to move to the mainland.
Now the visitor is able to explore this picturesque island by foot and discover the unspoiled beaches, extraordinary bird-life as well as the huge group of seals who have made the Blasket Island their home.
www.12travel.com /ie/Cork_Kerry/Blasket.html   (296 words)

 Blasket Islands - Definition, explanation
The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the west coast of Ireland, forming part of County Kerry.
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 and, thanks partly to outside encouragement, a number of books were written by islanders that record much of the islands' traditions and way of life.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/b/bl/blasket_islands.php   (341 words)

 Blasket Islands - Na Blascaodaí
There is stoic quality to much island philosophy: a sense that there is no point in grieving excessively for those who have died because such grief can never feed the living., Ní chothaíonn an té a imíonn an té a fhanann.
Synge was impressed by the versatility of a generally bilingual people who knew no division of labour, their work changing with the seasons from fishing to burning kelp, from cuttmg shoes to thatching houses, from building cradles to making coffins, in a way that kept them from the dullness and monotony of industrial life.
The young women of the Blasket, who knocked Ó Criomhthain over onto the long grass for horseplay, were in their manners very like the candid, free-spirited women of Inis Meáin, who had never (in Synge's view) submitted to the "moral bondage" of "ladylike persons''.
irishislands.info /blaskets.html   (3257 words)

 The Blasket Island Adventure Trip -Ireland Vacation Travel Specialist
The Blasket Islands, the most westerly land in Europe, lie two miles beyond the west tip of the Dingle Peninsula.
Life on the Blasket Islands was characterised by hardship, however no similar sized community has produced such a wealth of great literature.
The Blaskets are now inhabited by an incredible number of breeding seabirds, the surrounding seas are home to Dolphins, a herd of red deer live on Inisvickilaun and Inis na Bro's sheer cliffs are alive with the nesting colonies of Puffins.
www.12travel.ca /ie/packages/activities/adventure/blasket_trip.html   (217 words)

 10/25/98-The Blaskets
The Blasket Island Centre in a modern museum on the west coast of the peninsula.
The islands sleep, about 3 kilometres offshore, fl and blue on the surface of the choppy sea, with and opening and closing sky above.
In the twentieth century the number of inhabitants on great Blasket dwindled to a level where it was difficult to sustain the community.
www.saraphina.com /moseyirl/102598/102598blasket_island_museum.htm   (583 words)

 The Great Blasket Islands off the Dingle Peninsula Coastline
The Great Blasket was once home to 170 people, living in stone houses on a steep slope facing the mainland.
Even into the middle of the last century their life could be described as medieval: they had no source of power but the burning of turf from the hill, no source of food but the sea and the animals they kept and the few crops that could be grown on such miserly land.
But Irish historians believe monks inhabited the Blaskets in the fifth and six centuries and that the Vikings used the islands as jumping-off points for raiding the Irish mainland in the ninth and 10th centuries.
www.dingle-region.com /island.htm   (382 words)

 Untitled Document
The Blasket Islands are situated west of Slea Head on the Dinoe peninsula in Co. Kerry.
Adveitisements appeared in the local press that the Blasket Island, including surrounding seas and islands was being proposed for designation as a Special Area of Conservation in May 2000.
It is open to landowners on the Great Blasket or those with a legal interest over land thercon to appeal the designation of the land on an informal basis initially and then subsequently to the Board.
www.kerrycoco.ie /blasket1/1.html   (1150 words)

 The Blasket Islands, prized for its Gaelic cultural tradition, its poets and wri
Access to these rocky islands is along a narrow road to the tiny harbour of Dunquin and then by a boat to the edge of the islands where you may have to scramble into a dingy to a boat slip at the foot of the cliffs.
The Ferrite family leased islands, they once had a castle there but nothing remains now as the stones were taken to the protestant soup school in 1840, the school closed after the ravages of the great famine in 1852.
The Blaskets were once a close-knit fishing/farming community; in the old days they caught fish off rocks even though the sea was teeming with fish (apparently nobody could swim).
www.1st-stop-county-kerry.com /The-Blasket-Islands.html   (339 words)

 Birdlife   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Blasket Islands have a rich variety of birds, with at least seventeen different species of sea bird breeding on the islands.
If taking the “Island Boat Tour” you will be impressed by the diverse range of breeding sea birds such as puffins, gannets, kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, shag, and most importantly by international standards, roseate terns and artic terns.
During the 1980’s geese numbers dwindled on the islands until there were none to be seen on their wintering grounds on Beiginis Island.
www.blasketisland.com /birds.htm   (199 words)

 Ventry and Dunquin - Dingle Way
Dunquin shares close ties with the once-inhabited Blasket Islands as it was the nearest point on the mainland from which supplies were sent over to the islands.
The Blaskets also fell in under the same parish as Dunquin which is why the village is referred to as the "next parish to America".
Don't be surprised if there is no sailing to the island however as the conditions have to be fairly good in order for the boat to moor on the other side.
www.dingleway.net /dingle_way_towns/dunquin.shtml   (327 words)

 Picture Page on Ireland   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Experts believe that The Blasket Islands were once a part of the main island of Ireland.
It is unknown as to how the islands were named The Blasket Islands.
This is an example of some of the simple housing that the natives of the island inhabit.
maps.unomaha.edu /Peterson/funda/Pictures/Ireland/Ireland2.html   (607 words)

 Dingle - Travel   (Site not responding. Last check: )
During the summer, boatloads of sightseers cross these waters regularly to visit the now sparsely populated Great Blasket Island, one of the four islands that for centuries was home to a unique people.
On the islands, women banded together and pelted rocks at the rent collectors, while in the harbor towns residents boycotted the English sale of goods confiscated in lieu of tent.
Although the islands have been vacant since 1953, the spirits of its inhabitants can be seen in the eyes of old men and women who linger on the rocks on a fine day.
www.hannahhayes.com /dingle.htm   (434 words)

 GaelSaoire   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The last of the islanders left the Great Blasket for good in 1953 but today there are regular boat trips to the island from the pier at Dunquin.
The seals breed on the islands beaches in September and October.
The outer islands are home to tens of thousands of nesting shearwaters and storm petrels.
www.gaelsaoire.ie /asp/information.asp?l=english&g=kerry&r=18&p=p   (207 words)

 Hotspots in category Islands - World Wind Central
The Blasket islands and the Dingle peninsula, in the southwest of Ireland.
This island fortress stands as a memorial for the courage, valor, and heroism of its Filipino and American defenders who bravely held their ground against the overwhelming number of invading Japanese forces during World War II.
The island at the bottom is called Phi Phi Lee, and it is where Danny Boyle realised \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"The Beach\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\", with Leo Di Caprio, Robert Carlyle and Virginie Ledoyen.
www.worldwindcentral.com /hotspots/index.php?cat=65   (1449 words)

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