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Images reveal life in west Kerry and the Blaskets 60 years ago

The lad of Peig Sayers.

GREAT BLASKET ISLAND has been largely uninhabited since the mid fifties, when evacuation saw the last of the residents move to the west Kerry mainland.

The Great Blasket Centre, situated at Dún Chaoin just across from the Blaskets on the Dingle Peninsula holds a 2000 strong collection of images of life on Great Blasket and the mainland across the waves and tells the story of this fascinating corner of Ireland.

Here’s a small selection from the 1950s and earlier…

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Some of the images above were provided to the centre by a woman named Karen Howard, who took them while on holiday in West Kerry in 1954. Work is ongoing to identify those featured.

All images Courtesy of OPW Ionad an Bhlascaoid/The Great Blasket Centre

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