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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

Limited Access

From 7 October 2020 The Blasket Centre is closed until Spring 2021.
The clifftop Viewing Platform overlooking the Blasket Sound remains fully open to the public and is accessible from the Blasket Centre car-park.

Admission

There are no admission charges to this site until 2021

Adult: €5.00
Group/Senior: €4.00
Child/Student: €3.00
Family: €13.00

Getting here

Dún Chaoin
Dingle
Co. Kerry
V92 TH73

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The Blasket Centre – Ionad an Bhlascaoid

In Dún Chaoin, at the very tip of the Dingle Peninsula, is an utterly unique heritage centre and museum. A stunning piece of architecture in itself, the Blasket Centre tells the story of the Blasket Islands and the tiny but tenacious Irish speaking community who lived there until the mid-20th century.

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

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

Visit Ionad an Bhlascaoid  -  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

13 March – 14 October

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Last admission 45 minutes before closing.

Average Length of Visit:  1.5 hours.

Notice

Self Guide tours in the centre .

Guided tours on Great Blasket Island daily.

Contact

Dún Chaoin
Dingle
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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Facilities

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

Restrictions

  • Assistance dogs only

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