Title

The Legacy of Ireland's Great Basket Island: A Community Unraveled

Source

Island Journal

Date

2015

Pages

36-43

Abstract

Blasket Island, located three miles off the western end of the Dingle Peninsula, was once a self-sufficient fishing and farming community of 160, at its peak population in 1911. After the wars and the steady emigration of young people following the wars, residents were relocated to the mainland. Some community members settled in Springfield, Massachusetts. Today the dry-stone walls remain, but the elements have claimed the village. The author has visited the island, made several sketches for collagraph prints, which have been on exhibition. Several residents wrote about the village and, along with interviews the history of the village is presented. [images, bibliography]

Subjects

Great Blasket Island (Ireland)--History

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