Notice the old “settle” – I still remember them. If this was lived in after 1963 John F. Kennedy might well be up there alongside the sacred heart like so many households in Ireland.
The population growth, decline and death tracks so many of the huge events that affected our small Island home over the last few hundred years:
Iron Age: Evidence that the island was inhabited
1290: Leased to the Ferriter family for 2 hawks per year
1756: Charles Smith reports 5 or 6 families living there – “all in very good health compared to the mainlanders”.
1800: Influx of families due to population increase and evictions on mainland
1821 census: Population 128
1841 census: Population 153
1851 census: Population 97 (effect of great famine)
1901 census: Population 145
1947 census: Population 53 (effect of emigration)
1953 Island abandoned
Information and photo from the Blasket Interpretative Centre, Dunquin, County Kerry.
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