GoKerry.ie

Na Blascaodaí/ Blasket Islands

Welcome to Na Blascaodaí/ Blasket Islands

Tomás Ó Criomhthain (Author & Blasket Island Resident)

Tomás Ó Criomhthain was the first of the islanders to do so. “Allagar na h-Inise” (Island Cross-Talk) was written between the years of 1918 and 1923 and published in 1928. “An t-Oileánach” (The Islandman), his more famous work, was completed in 1923 and published in 1929. Both have been translated into English. Tomás Ó Criomhtháin died in 1937 at the age of 83 and is buried in the churchyard at Dunquin. Inscribed on his headstone are the words "Ní bheidh ar léithéidí arís ann", a quotation from The Islandman, which can be translated literally as "Our likes will never be seen again". Tomás describes in The Islandman (An tOiléanach) how he built his house with his own hands, a few years after his marriage. Tomás's son Seán Ó Criomhtháin wrote A Day in Our Life (Lá dar Saol); his wife Eibhlís wrote a volume of letters entitled “Letters from the Great Blasket”.

Na Blascaodaí/ Blasket Islands