In the introduction to this recording we hear a song about the Blasket Islanders, sung by Muiris Scanlan (87). The purpose of this recording was to find out more about the way people lived on the Blaskets and what became of them after they finally left the island in the 1950s. Muiris Guitín is the last living male islander and now lives on the mainland near Ventry, where he spoke to me about his experiences. Kate Begley is the daughter of one of the women born on the Blaskets. Edmund Fitzgerald from Tralee spent all his spare time visiting the island in earlier days. The recordings with these people collectively gave a great insight into the life of an islander.
Keywords: Dingle, Blasket Islands, music, song, The Great Blasket, Blasket Mór, evacuation, inhabitants of the Blaskets,