An Blascaod Mór

Go to Dún Chaoin in Country Kerry, along the west coast of Ireland.  Take the ferry (in summer months only) to An Blascaod Mór, the Great Blasket Island.

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Walk through the ruins of the settlement where about 150 people once lived until 1953, when the 22 remaining finally left their island home.

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Imagine what it might have been like to live here, separated from the mainland by the harsh sea, always waiting for supplies, waiting with the dead until a boat could come and take the bodies.

Read “A Dark Day on the Blaskets” by Micheal O Dubhshlaine, if you want to know more.  

Walk past the settlement, but be careful not to slide down the steep slopes of green.

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Walk until you find a hermit hut (pictured at the top of this post), likely used long, long ago by a monk or hermit, or perhaps a writer like you, penning words touched by sharp salt wind, distant whitecaps, a sleeping giant, cold stone, and curious sheep.

Listen to the island around you—and write down its whispers.

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