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Photos of The Blasket Islands: Great Blasket Island, Inis Tuaisceart, Beiginis, Tiaracht, Inis na Bró and Inisvickillane by Helene Brennan

The Blasket Islands are a group of Islands off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry Ireland. They are the most westerly islands in Europe. Great Blasket Island is the largest of this island group, renowned for its abundant wildlife, particularly sea birds, its scenic beauty, and its interesting history. It is also famous for the many acclaimed writers who emerged from the vibrant community of people who once lived there. Their written accounts of life on the island are now considered to be classics of literature, and there are translations of these books in many countries of the world. The once thriving community of 150 or more people declined, as emigration, mainly to the USA, took its toll on the population, and when the Island was finally officially vacated in 1953 there were only 22 people living on the Island. The islanders homes fairly quickly fell to ruin, only a few of them have been maintained by their owners who use them for summer visits. To spend a day on the island feels like a great privilege - walking amongst the ruins, paddling on the beach under the watchful eyes of the seals and sea birds, walking the length of the island to marvel at the views of the other islands and mainland and enjoy the peace and tranquility away from traffic. To spend a night or two is totally magical, to observe the changing colours of the sunset, listen to the whispering sounds of the sea and the gentle summer breeze, have a glass or two of wine beside a turf fire and ponder at the lives of the people who once lived there, with their language, music, dance, and also their many hardships. As midnight approaches one can experience the unforgettable cacophony of the Manx Shearwater returning in their thousands to their colonies. Ferries to Great Blasket Island run daily from Dunquin Pier throughout the summer, weather permitting. There may be more sizes available than shown on the image information. Please enquire, using the contact link above.

Great Blasket Islan..

On a January afternoon

Walking on the Isla..

This is a view from the island which shows the mainland: Sybil Head, Mount Eagle..

An Tiaracht from Gr..

This is a view from the island which shows the island An Tiaracht, or Tearaght I..

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The ripe grasses are bright and glowing in the evening sun, and the heather is i..

Blasket Island Walk..

Walking on the ridge of Great Blasket Island, with a view several famous mainlan..

Blasket Island Walk..

Walking on the ridge of Great Blasket Island, with a view of Mount Eagle on Main..

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Houses on Great Blasket Island, built by The Congested Districts Board of the ti..

Blasket Ruin and Be..

Ruins of a Blasket home with the beach An Trá Bán, Beiginis Island. Different si..

Blasket Ruin and Be..

Ruin of a Blasket home with the beach An Trá Bán, Beiginis Island and Sybil Head..

Blasket Buildings a..

Ruins of Blasket homes with the beach An Trá Bán. Limited edition only.

Blasket Buildings a..

Ruins of Blasket homes with the beach An Trá Bán. Limited edition only.

Blasket Buildings a..

Ruins of Blasket homes with the beach An Trá Bán. Limited edition only.

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From the Island, viewing Beiginis, Sybil Head and Cruach Mharhain. The water is ..

On Great Blasket 08..

From the Island, viewing Beiginis, Sybil Head and Cruach Mharhain. The water is ..

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From the Island, viewing Beiginis, Sybil Head and Cruach Mharhain. Different siz..

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Underneath this rough matted exterior stands a really pretty donkey.  Different ..

On Great Blasket 01..

On Great Blasket Island with a resident donkey appearing from behind a wall on t..

On Great Blasket 01..

On Great Blasket Island with the resident donkeys.  Different sizes available. P..

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French sailing ship, The Bel Espoir, on a visit to Great Blasket Island. See www..

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The steep rocky slope to the sea, viewed from the ridge walk on the island. The ..

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View on Island, showing the stunning beach, An Trá Bán. The ship in this picture..

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View from the Island, showing village ruins and a charmng white cottage, Beigini..

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View from the Island, showing village ruins and a charmng white cottage, Beigini..

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View from the Island, showing village ruins and a charmng white cottage, Beigini..

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View from the Island, showing Beiginis and mainland. The ship in this picture is..

On Great Blasket 01..

View from the Island, showing Beiginis and mainland. The ship in this picture is..

Door View 2

View from the door of a cottage on the Island. The ship in this picture is the F..

On Great Blasket Is..

The ship in this picture is the French sailing ship the Bel Espoir. See www.bele..

An Tiaracht 35

The Tiaracht, viewed from Dunquin.

Dunmore Head and Gr..

Dunmore Head on the mainland with Great Blasket Island, viewed from Ballyickeen,..

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Great Blasket Island, viewed from Ballyickeen, Dunquin, with The Tiaracht to the..

Great Blasket Islan..

Great Blasket, viewed from Ballyickeen, Dunquin.    

Great Blasket Islan..

Great Blasket, viewed from Ballyickeen, Dunquin

Blasket Islands

Great Blasket, The Tiaracht and Inis Tuaisceart, viewed from the mainland, Dunqu..

On Clogher Beach 10

The familiar shape of Inis Tuaisceart can be seen from Clogher Beach. It is one ..

Blasket Islands

Stormy weather view of The Blasket Islands

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The Island, viewed from Dunquin, by the pier, on a stormy December Day.

Blaskets from Mt Ea..

View from a walk up Mount Eagle

Open Door

Looking out the door of an old cottage on Great Blasket Island.

On Great Blasket Is..

View of the beach and some of the ruins on the Island

View from Great Bla..

Viewing the Island of Beginish and the mainland from Great Blasket Island

Tiaracht

An Tiaracht, one of the group of Islands known as The Blasket Islands, viewed fr..

On Great Blasket Is..

Viewing Inisvickillane, Inis na Bró, and An Tiaracht, from the westerly end of t..

On Great Blasket Is..

Looking towards Dunmore Head on the mainland, with the sun lighting up the foreg..

On Great Blasket Is..

Looking towards the mainland, from the ridge of Great Blasket Island.

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From the top of Mount Eagle, one can be treated to this wonderful view of the Bl..

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On Gt.Blasket Island. Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Available in all sizes fro..

On Great Blasket 05..

On Gt.Blasket Island. Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. Available in all sizes fro..

On Great Blasket

On Gt.Blasket with the mainland in the distance. Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry...

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On Gt.Blasket with heather in the foreground of the picture, and the mainland is..

Blaskets from Mt. E..

View of the Islands and Dunquin fields. The heather is in full bloom.

On Gt Blasket Islan..

As seen from the Island with the mainland in view. Available in all sizes from 1..

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View from a walk up Mt. Eagle. 

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View from a walk up Mt. Eagle. Available in all sizes up to 36 inches x 24 inche..

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Viewing Dunmore Head on the mainland.Available in all sizes from 12 x 8 up to 36..

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The heather on the island can be spectacular.

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A view of Inis Tuaisceart from Gt. Blasket Island. Available in all sizes from 1..

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Walking on Great Blasket Island. Available in all sizes from 11 x 8 up to 36 x 2..

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This photo shows Dunquin on the mainland and Mount Brandon in the distance.

On Great Blasket 03..

This is a view taken while walking on the ridge of the island, with the heather ..

Inis Tuaisceart fro..

On that day a small cloud seemed to form several times over Inis Tuaisceart, whi..

Ruins on Great Blas..

On Great Blasket Island among the ruins with Dunmore Head and Dunquin on the mai..

On Great Blasket Is..

On Great Blasket Island viewing mainland. Peig Sayer's House is one of the ..

Great Blasket Islan..

On Great Blasket Island viewing mainland

On Great Blasket Is..

On Great Blasket Island viewing ruins and with Beginish Island and Sybil Head in..

Close of Day on Gre..

As the last of the day trippers leave the Island on a July day in 2004, the Pei..

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On Great Blasket Island viewing An Tra Ban, Beginish Island and mainland

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On Great Blasket Island, viewing Beginish Island and mainland

Inis Tuaisceart and..

On Great Blasket Island, viewing Inis Tuaisceart and Beginish Islands

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Viewed from Great Blasket Island.

Blasket Ruins and T..

The Ruins of Gt Blasket Island with the beautiful beach An Trá Bán in the backgr..

Sunset over The Bla..

Viewed from Dunquin on the mainland.

Whitehouse and Beeh..

One of the few currently maintained cottages on Great Blasket Island, with a bee..

On Gt Blasket Islan..

On Great Blasket with the mainland in the distance. There is a lovely golden str..

Last Rays of Sun on..

The setting sun casts a red glow on the highest point of mainland, while still s..

Evening on Gt Blask..

Evening sun on the island with Mount Eagle on the mainland in the distance.

Blaskets from Mainl..

View of Blasket Islands from Mainland

Great Blasket Islan..

View of Great Blasket Island from The mainland

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