Seventy years ago, a young man known as Seánín died on the Great Blasket, a remote island at the tip of the Dingle peninsula in County Kerry, Ireland. He was one of the few remaining strong, youthful men in an island community that had once been strong and vibrant and famous for its oral, storytellingContinue reading “Hear how a young man’s death broke the heart of an Irish island community, on the Great Blasket 70 years ago”
Hungry For Home: A Journey To America From The Edge Of Ireland was published by Viking and Penguin. “Extraordinary … when I put it down I wasn’t sure whether I had seen the film or read the text; the quality of its writing creates an essence which is both visual, oral and literary.” Irish Times
“I don’t know if I will be able to make it,” says Mike Carney, looking out across a wild stretch of water to the place where he was born 92 years ago. “I would like to put my feet down there one more time, but I wonder, is it possible?” Frankly, it seems crazy to try.Continue reading “The Last Islandman”
A short film about Mike Carney’s daring return to the Great Blasket island at the age of 93.