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The Loneliest Boy in the World: The Last Child of the Great Blasket

By Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin with Patricia Ahern

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‘The Loneliest Boy in the World – he has only seagulls as playmates.’ 
1949 newspaper article

Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin had a unique childhood – he was the last child brought up on the Blasket Islands off Ireland’s southwest coast. The nearest in age was his uncle who was thirty years older. In this affectionate memoir, Gearóid recalls growing up on the island without a doctor, priest, school, church or electricity. Despite public perception of this small, vulnerable fishing community, he remembers a wonderful childhood, cherished by parents and neighbours. His memories are entwined with the beliefs and customs handed down through the generations and are an insight into life on the Blaskets. He speaks with authority of the difficulties and challenges facing the final generation on the island. The Blaskets, with their deserted, crumbling cottages, will live on, in part due to the invaluable memories of the last child of the Great Blasket Island.

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  • Book Format: Paperback
  • Published: 2014
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm
  • Number of pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9781848892071
  • Illustrations note: B&W photos,
Fascinating, touching book.
Contributes significantly to the existing literature on Blasket living.
Nostalgic memoir at its best … Gearóid's story is a beautifully written, poetic tale of a world long gone.
Simply written […] Ó Catháin's observations of the more ordinary aspects of life are sharp and valuable.
Remarkable.
Simply written but richly detailed.
The Loneliest Boy in the World Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin with Patricia Ahern
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