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The Great Blasket – An Blascaod Mór

A Photographic Portrait

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Ireland has a fine heritage of traditional culture and photography plays a major part in recording this heritage. Thousands of photographs now in Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir/The Great Blasket Centre include a range of material, from private mementoes of families to the work of folklorists, press photographers, and others. The first photographs on the Great Blasket were taken by Alma Curtin in 1891. For the next sixty years or so the islanders and the island would be photographed by all who visited, including the children of people who had emigrated. The result is an extraordinary chronicle of a way of life and kinship, of the life and death of the Great Blasket, evacuated in 1953 but never abandoned. This collection captures the spirit of the island community, from the excitement of discovery by the outside world in the late nineteenth century, through to the decline of the 1940s and the legacy since 1953.

Tá oidhreacht den scoth ó thaobh an chultúir traidisiúnta ar fáil in Éirinn agus tá áit lárnach ag an ngrianghrafadóireacht i dtaifead na hoidhreachta sin. Tá raon leathan ábhar sa chnuasach de chúpla mile grianghraif atá anois i gcartlann Ionaid an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, idir ábhair cuimhneacháin ó theaghlaigh príobháideacha agus saothar bhéaloideasaithe, grianghrafadóirí preas agus daoine eile. B’í Alma Curtin a thóg na chéad phictiúir riamh ar an mBlascaod, in 1891. Ar feadh seasca éigin bliain ina dhiaidh sin thóg scata cuairteoirí, eisimircigh agus a sliocht ina measc, grianghraif den oileán agus de mhuintir an oileáin. Mar thoradh ar seo tá againn portráid gan sárú de shlí mhaireachtála agus de mhuintearas, de shaol agus de mheath phobail an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, a tréigeadh i 1953 ach nár ligeadh i ndearmad riamh ná choíche. Léiríonn an cnuasach seo spiorad mhuintir an oileáin, ón lúcháir a bhain lena fhionnachtain ag deireadh na naoú haoise déag, go dtí meath na 1940í agus oidhreacht na háite ó 1953 ar aghaidh.

Bibliographic Data

  • Book Format: Hardback
  • Published: 2013
  • Dimensions: 277 x 219 mm
  • Number of pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9781848891753
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,

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