If you’re traveling to the Dingle Peninsula, you simply must plan a stop at the Blasket Centre.
With stunning views of the wild Atlantic coast and islands at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive, The Blasket Centre is a fascinating heritage & cultural centre/museum honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.
The Centre details the community’s struggle for existence, their language and culture, folklore & customs, and their extraordinary literary legacy – with classics such as ‘The Islandman’, ‘Twenty Years A-Growing’ and ‘Peig’.
Spend your day enjoying the artwork as well as exhibitions on the daily life, traditional fishing & farming methods, the Irish language and Blasket literature. There are also interactive features to feel, listen and experience the sounds, images and elements of the islanders’ way of life.
Next Spring, during National Quilt Week of Ireland, there will be a special quilt display hanging at the Blasket Centre. Not only quilts, but a few quilted covered chairs as well. You won’t want to miss it. We’ll have more information available as we get closer to next years celebration.
Make sure you stop by the book store. There’s also a lovely restaurant on site that serves a gorgeous lunch, so make sure you plan time to enjoy that too! The food was mouthwateringly delicious!