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    Oldest Living Native of Great Blasket Island

    Oldest Living Native of Great Blasket Island

    17 November, 2013 marks sixty years since the evacuation of the Great Blasket Island.   Its oldest living native, Mike Carney who now lives in Springfield, Massachussetts was interviewed by Colette Kinsella for The History Show. Born on The Great Blasket Island in 1920, Mike was raised under challenging circumstances in that unique Irish-speaking community. He left the island – and its isolation – in 1937 to seek a better future in Dublin and eventually in America. The death on the island of his younger brother without a priest or doctor in 1947 set off a chain of events that led to its ...


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