Kilkenny Castle: A Regal Encounter with History
- Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny, Things to do
- 22 March 2023
Located in the westernmost parish on the Dingle Peninsula, the Blasket Centre - Ionad an Bhlascaoid - is a unique heritage center and museum dedicated to telling the story of the Blasket Islands and their Irish-speaking community who lived there until the mid-20th century. The center is a stunning piece of architecture in itself and underwent a complete upgrade in 2022, with its totally renewed and interactive exhibitions providing an imaginative and authentic re-telling of the islands' rich heritage and unique literature.
As a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point, the Blasket Centre is a highlight of any visit to the Dingle Peninsula. The site features a fully accessible clifftop viewing platform that offers breathtaking views of the Blasket archipelago and the rugged Atlantic coastline. Life on the Blaskets was tough, with fishing and farming being the main sources of sustenance, and the elements presenting a daily struggle. Emigration and decline eventually led to the final evacuation of the Great Blasket in 1953.
However, the Great Blasket Islanders left a massive cultural footprint, with island authors documenting their community's way of life in a series of books that are invaluable social records and classics of Irish literature. They offer a window into the past and a fascinating resource for today. A visit to the Blasket Centre is a chance to experience the extraordinary legacy of the Blasket Islanders and delve into the heart of Irish culture, language, and history.
Overall, the Blasket Centre is a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Ireland's unique history and heritage. With its stunning location, modern exhibitions, and captivating stories, it's an unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the lives of a remarkable community that once called the Blasket Islands home.