November 27, 2023

WATCH: A visit to the Blasket Island Centre on the Dingle Peninsula

At the Blasket Centre in Co Kerry, you discover the history behind the famous Irish island and the people who once lived there. 

The Blasket Centre is a fascinating heritage centre and museum, honoring the unique Irish-speaking community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.

The Centre is located in the area of Dunquin, the most westerly parish on the Dingle Peninsula, and is at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive. 

Visitors have the chance to experience stunning views of the wild Atlantic coast and the islands which can be viewed from the spectacular clifftop viewing platform.

Inside the Centre, you will learn about the story of island life, subsistence fishing, and farming, as well as traditional life including modes of work, transport, housing, entertainment, and the Irish language and culture,

These stories are told using a variety of means – exhibitions, interactive displays, artifacts, audio-visual presentations, and artworks.

The Great Blasket population left a massive cultural footprint. The island authors documented the life of their community in a series of books that are invaluable social records and classics of Irish literature - these include  Peig, The Island Man, and Twenty Years A-Growing.

At the Blasket Centre's bookshop, you can pick up a copy of one of these classic and extraordinary tales in both the English and Irish languages. 

Tours of the deserted village on the island are also available.  The Centre is also available for functions such as wedding ceremonies, conferences, and events in the local community. 

The Great Blasket Centre and Island is open from March –November and you can out more information here