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Sep 01, 2009, 12:21PM

Fancy a getaway?

Exploring the rich cultural history of the Basket Islands.

AN ANCIENT people living at the end of the earth. Beyond you drop off the edge of the world. The double hump of An Blascaod Mór, the Great Blasket, is the biggest island in the fragmented archipelago off the desolate grandeur of Slea Head, in Co Kerry. “Seen from above you would think them sea-monsters of an antique world languidly lifting time-worn backs above the restless and transitory waves,” wrote the scholar Robin Flower in The Western Island .


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