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by Ray Stagles,Joan Stagles

Blasket Islands: Next Parish America (Island Series 4) download ebook
Ray Stagles,Joan Stagles
O'Brien Press Ltd (August 1979)
160 pages
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The Blasket Islands reveals the poignant history of this doomed island community off the west coast of Ireland. It discusses the community's origins, and the slow erosion of a genuine culture, one that produced a sizeable library of classic memoirs, and gives a detailed account of the island families and their inevitable fate -- the last people were evacuated in 1953 when they could no longer sustain their remote way of life.
  • Qwne
My mother-in-law was born on the island and I try to read as many of the books about the island and its people that I can.
We visited the island on our first trip to Ireland and stood among the ruins of her family home. It was a very emotional trip for
my husband and his two sisters who traveled there with us. The island is breathtakingly beautiful, but life was very hard
for its people. It is a difficult trip over to the island and getting there depends on weather, but so worth the effort. Definitely not
a trip for the feint at heart.
  • Shakanos
I don't know if you ever heard of The Great Blasket. (...) You didn't, didn't you? Anyway: this - or rather: An Blascaod Mór - is the name of the largest of the Blaskets, a small group of Irish islands a few miles west of the Dingle peninsula, near Dunquin and Ballyferriter. A magical place - in the early eighties, my wife Jaane and I spent several wonderful holidays there.
On one of those occasions, we were lucky enough to meet mr. Ray Stagles in person: an aimiable, interesting elderly gentlemen, who camped in a deserted cow shed close to the guesthouse we were staying in. At the time, there was no gas or electricity (and no roads, and no radio, and no tv, and no ...) on the island, so after dark all we could do was light a fire and tell each other stories; very appropriate, in this place with its long tradition of storytellers.
Mr. Stagles was great at it. He probably isn't around anymore, but at least something of his warm spirit, his fondness of stories, his essence, can be found in the book he and his wife Joan wrote. A delight to read. But maybe I am prejudiced.
Unfortunately, visiting the Great Blasket is not really an option nowadays, I'm afraid. I read somewhere the guesthouse was closed. However, there is a regular ferry service bow, so I wonder if that old magical atmosphere still can be found there - probably it was blown away by huge waves of tourists.
Or maybe it isn't. I just don't know, for I haven't been there since 1985. We always have been afraid to return there, for Jaane and I would HATE to see or memories spoiled by harsh, modern reality.
And of course, there always is this book - the best book in my Blasket library.
  • Welen
Wanted to read up about the lives of my kinsmen. I have been led to believe that I am distantly related to the people of the Blasket Islands.