#greatblasketisland #dingle #ireland🇮🇪 #westcoastofireland The Great Blasket Island is the principal island of the Blaskets in County Kerry, Ireland. It is 2 km from the mainland. A ferry to the island operates from Dingle pier and from Dunquin Pier. The island was inhabited until 1953 when the Irish Government decided it could no longer guarantee the safety of the remaining population. The small fishing community mostly 150 people lived in primitive cottages perched above the pier. In the 1920's and 1930's the blasket island writers produced books which are deemed classics in the world of literature. They wrote of island life and about the people living there. Prog Sayers, Tomas O'Criomhthain and Muiris O'Suilleabhainn were three of its writers. The Blasket remains uninhabited today but visitors travel by ferry there to stay for a day or longer in hostel type guesthouses and some take tents. There is a small coffee shop but people bring picnics to enjoy from the island once full of people who worked hard on the land, gathered together at night to tell stories and who played music. Many emigrated to America.