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Near Dunquin in County Kerry, Munster, Ireland — Irish South-West
 

The Blaskets

 
 
The Blaskets Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. The Blaskets Marker
Inscription.
This group, the most westerly off the Irish coast, comprises 7 sizeable islands and isolated rocks spread in a line west by south over 2½ miles of the Atlantic, the largest (Great Blasket) 2 miles off shore.

Antiquities of the early Christian period include oratories, crosses and “beehive” cells on Inis Mhicileáin and Inis Tuaisceart, and church ruins on the Great Blasket.

The economy of the islands, based mainly on fishing with some farming, in 1839 supported 13 families - Great Blasket (10), Inis Mhicileáin (2) and Inis Tuaisceart(1). In 1953-54, principally owing to successive bad fishing seasons, the islanders removed to new homes on the mainland.

In the present century members of this small, Irish-speaking community produced such best-sellers as “Peig” (Sayers) and works by O'Sullivan and O'Griffan known in English translations as “Twenty Years Agrowing” and “The Islander”.

Access is by boat from Dunquin pier.
 
Erected by Bord Fáilte Éireann.
 
Location. 52° 7.219′ N, 10° 27.619′ W. Marker is near Dunquin, Munster, in County Kerry. Marker is on Road 559, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker
Ryan's Daughter Marker image. Click for full size.
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2. Ryan's Daughter Marker
is at a scenic pulloff about a mile south of Dunquin, on the western edge of the Dingle Peninsula.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dunbeg Promontory Fort / An Dún Beag (approx. 4 kilometers away); Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc (approx. 7.2 kilometers away); Gallarus Oratory / Séipéilín Ghallarais (approx. 9.5 kilometers away); Kilmalkedar Church / Cill Mhaoilchéadair (approx. 11 kilometers away).
 
Also see . . .
1. The Blasket Centre. (Submitted on November 6, 2009.)
2. Peig Sayers. (Submitted on November 6, 2009.)
 
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The Blaskets and Ryan's Daughter Markers image. Click for full size.
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3. The Blaskets and Ryan's Daughter Markers
The Blaskets image. Click for full size.
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4. The Blaskets
Diorama of Great Blasket Settlement image. Click for full size.
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5. Diorama of Great Blasket Settlement
At the Blasket Centre/Ionad an Bhlascaoid.
Dingle Peninsula Scene from Marker Location image. Click for full size.
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6. Dingle Peninsula Scene from Marker Location
Naomhbg Framework image. Click for full size.
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7. Naomhbg Framework
Traditional boat used on the Blaskets. At the Blasket Centre.
Partially Covered Naomhbg image. Click for full size.
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8. Partially Covered Naomhbg
Traditional boat used on the Blasket Islands. At the Blasket Centre.
Naomhbg Photo Display at the Blasket Centre image. Click for full size.
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9. Naomhbg Photo Display at the Blasket Centre
Pieg Sayers Grave at Dún Chaoin Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
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10. Pieg Sayers Grave at Dún Chaoin Burial Ground
Dún Chaoin Burial Ground image. Click for full size.
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11. Dún Chaoin Burial Ground
Blasket Islands in the background.
 
 
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