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By Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain

ISBN-10: 1848892071

ISBN-13: 9781848892071

Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain had a different formative years - he was once the final baby pointed out at the Blasket Islands off Ireland's southwest coast. the closest in age used to be his uncle who was once thirty years older. during this affectionate memoir, Gear¢id remembers growing to be up at the island with out a healthcare professional, priest, university, church, or electrical energy. regardless of public notion of this small, susceptible fishing group, he recalls an excellent early life, loved by way of mom and dad and associates. His stories are entwined with the ideals and customs passed down during the generations and are an perception into lifestyles at the Blaskets. He speaks with authority of the problems and demanding situations dealing with the ultimate new release at the island.

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Christmas 1951 stands out in my mind. The build-up started early for me. Weeks before Christmas, Seán Fillí, the postman, drummed up the excitement every time he called by mentioning Santa Claus. ’ Then my head would be filled with nothing but thoughts of Santa. Every day, I pranced around Mam and plagued her with questions, asking where exactly on the island Santa would land with his reindeer and would the ground be even enough for a safe landing, as Faeilí said it was too bumpy for a cart and never used a cart with his donkey because of that.

Whenever I was in the company of other children, I always took charge. I had to be the leader, as I was always used to doing what I wanted. The first child I ever met was Seánín a Phoirt, who was a year older than me and used to visit his grandfather on the island. On the day he came I was not in the mood for playing, so we just rambled around from house to house. Another visitor was Páidín Kearney, a cousin of mine. He was about my age and came from Dunquin with his father, Seán Pheats Tom Kearney, who was a native of the Great Blasket and still kept sheep on the island.

I shouted to my grandparents that Mam was on her way home and told my grandfather to hurry up and put on his coat. My heart pounded with excitement and I kept my eyes glued to the boat, afraid I might lose sight of it. My grandfather and I strolled down to the quay hand in hand. Most of the islanders joined us to hear all the news from the mainland and help bring up the parcels. I clutched onto Mam when she stepped out of the boat, which overflowed with her purchases, a keg of stout bought by Faeilí for his own house and the parcels and letters sent by post for the islanders, which Seán Fillí had collected at the post office in Dunquin.

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