The oldest living Great Blasket native is home from Massachusetts.
The Great Blasket Island off the coast of Kerry was abandoned in 1953. Now aged 91 Micheál Ó Cearna one of the last surviving inhabitants of the island has returned to Dún Chaoin. In memory of his wife Maureen, Micheál has set up a bursary of €1,000 to be awarded annually to students working on the culture and traditions of the Great Blasket and the surrounding area. His wish is that memory of the island its people and culture will be kept alive.
The Blasket Island has produced more books than any other island in the world.
Micheál Ó Cearna is also anxious that the state will see the Great Blasket protected as a national park.
Micheál Ó Cinnéide of the Blasket Island Foundation hopes to connect with the young so that they in turn will help keep the legacy of the island alive.
An RTÉ News report broadcast 24 September 2011. The reporter is Tomás Ó Mainnín