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The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid

The story of a remarkable island community

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The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid

The story of a remarkable island community

See all opening times

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Adult: €5
Group member or Senior Citizen: €4
Student: €3
Family: €13
Under 12 – free


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Dún Chaoin
Co. Kerry
V92 TH73

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The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid

In Dunquin, the most westerly parish on the Dingle Peninsula, is a unique heritage centre and museum. The Blasket Centre tells the story of the Blasket Islands and the tiny Irish speaking community who lived there until the mid-20th century. The Centre is also a stunning piece of architecture in itself.

The complete upgrade of the Centre in 2022, with its totally renewed and interactive exhibitions, provides an imaginative and authentic re-telling of the story of the Blasket islands, their rich heritage and unique literature. The Centre is a Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point and a highlight of any visit to the Dingle Peninsula. The site incorporates a fully accessible clifftop viewing platform that offers dramatic views of the Blasket archipelago and the Atlantic coastline.

Life on the Blaskets was difficult. People survived by fishing and farming and every day involved a struggle against the elements. Emigration and decline led to the final evacuation of the Great Blasket in 1953.

The Great Blasket population left a massive cultural footprint. The island authors documented the life of their community in a series of books that are invaluable social records and classics of Irish literature. They are both a window into the past and a fascinating resource for today.

Visit the Blasket Centre to experience the extraordinary legacy of the Blasket Islanders and delve into the heart of Irish culture, language and history.

Opening Times

10 March – 7 November 2023

Daily 10:00- 18:00

Last admission 17:15




Dún Chaoin
Co. Kerry
V92 TH73

066 915 6444 / 915 6371 / 087 629 9522

Getting Here

Located on the tip of Dingle Peninsula, 16km from Dingle (R559).

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  • AV presentation
  • Baby Changing
  • Bookshop
  • Café
  • Clifftop Viewing Point
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • WiFi


  • Assistance dogs only

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