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The Blasket Islands (Irish: Na Blascaodaí) are a group of islands off the west coast of Dunquin, Co. Kerry. They have been deserted since 1953 after the inhabitants were forcefully evacuated by the government to the mainland on 17 November. 

A number of books have been written by islanders that record much of the islands' traditions and way of life. These include "The Islandman" by Tomás Ó Criomhthain, "Peig" by Peig Sayers and "Twenty Years A-Growing" by Muiris Ó Súilleabháin.

Interesting reading: 

- The Blasket Islands - Next Parish America - Joan & Ray Stagles 
- The Blasket Island Guide - Ray Stagles & Sue Redican

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