Blasket Centre, County Kerry

Blasket Centre, County Kerry

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The Blasket Centre in Dun Chaoin, on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. Sadly the Great Blasket was abandoned in 1953 as a result of the decline of its once vibrant population.

1953 was the year the Blasket Islands were evacuated and given up. The dwindling island community was resettled on the mainland and life on the Blaskets became a memory. A memory that would not be forgotten - for two reasons. Anthropologists had flocked to the islands to record the way of life and traditions of the fairly closed community off the Kerry coast. And the scholars encouraged the locals to preserve their memories. The islanders took to this like ducks to water and a huge literary output was the consequence. Blasket was the center of attention for linguists and anthropologists for decades.

The centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.
 

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