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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.

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Ruins of Gt Blasket..

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.

Evening on Great Bl..

Golden sunlight in the evening on Great Blasket Island. The mainland is across t..

Evening on Great Bl..

The day is closing in on the village on Great Blasket Island and the White Stran..

Great Blasket Islan..

View of Great Blasket Island from mainland, with the smimmer of the sun on the s..

Great Blasket Islan..

View of Great Blasket Island from The mainland

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