The Blaskets

The Blaskets (HMFZ6)

Location: Richmond, Kerry 23219 Kerry
Country: Ireland
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N 52° 7.219', W 10° 27.619'

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This group, the most westerly off the Irish coast, comprises 7 sizeable islands and isolated rocks spread in a line west by south over 2½ miles of the Atlantic, the largest (Great Blasket) 2 miles off shore.

Antiquities of the early Christian period include oratories, crosses and "beehive" cells on Inis Mhicile?in and Inis Tuaisceart, and church ruins on the Great Blasket.

The economy of the islands, based mainly on fishing with some farming, in 1839 supported 13 families - Great Blasket (10), Inis Mhicile?in (2) and Inis Tuaisceart(1). In 1953-54, principally owing to successive bad fishing seasons, the islanders removed to new homes on the mainland.

In the present century members of this small, Irish-speaking community produced such best-sellers as "Peig" (Sayers) and works by O'Sullivan and O'Griffan known in English translations as "Twenty Years Agrowing" and "The Islander".

Access is by boat from Dunquin pier.
HM NumberHMFZ6
Placed ByBord F?ilte ?ireann
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 5:28pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 400020 N 5775426
Decimal Degrees52.12031667, -10.46031667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 52° 7.219', W 10° 27.619'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds52° 7' 13.14" N, 10° 27' 37.14" W
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Area Code(s)804
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 343 R559, Richmond Kerry 23219, IE
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