The Blasket Islands

The Blasket Islands

The Blasket Islands are a group of islands off the Dingle Peninsula.

Uninhabited since 1953 , the Blaskets were a mecca for linguists and anthropologists during the early years of the Gaelic , or Irish Language Revival (1905-1930).

A large corpus of Gaelic autobiographies emerged from the islands in the 1930’s , most notably Tomas O Criomhthains “An tOileanach” (1929) , Muiris O Suilleabhains “Fiche Blain ag Fas “(1933) , and Peig Sayers “Peig” (1936).

In recent years the ownership of the Great Blasket , the largest of the islands , has become the subject of a complex legal wrangle in which the relatives of the last inhabitants successfully challenged legislation to classify the island as a national heritage park.

One of the smaller islands , Inishvickillane , is owned by the former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) “Charles Haughey”.

An interesting location for clients of Ireland Luxury Tours……