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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

Site Closed

From 7 October 2020 The Blasket Centre is closed until Spring 2021.


There are no admission charges to this site until 2021

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

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Dún Chaoin
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.


Self Guide tours in the centre .

Guided tours on Great Blasket Island daily.


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
  • Cafe
  • Clifftop Viewing Point
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • WiFi


  • Assistance dogs only

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