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The story of the Blasket Island in the Islander’s own words

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Cuimhní ón mBlascaod 1-2

Parental Rating: G

Recently discovered film archive reveals a treasure trove of memories of a vanished world. Blasket islanders recall the days when summers were long and life was good.

First Shown: 3 Jan

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Unique testimonies of the Blasket islanders

A magical series of enduring social, historical, and cultural relevance, previously unseen memories of the last Blasket Islanders recorded over twenty years ago, seamlessly blended with scenes recorded in West Kerry and America in 2015. This new and beautifully shot 6 part series is the earthy, humorous, and ultimately tragic story of life on the Great Blasket by those who remember the best and the worst of times on the island. Award-winning director Gerry Gregg has compiled the footage based on material commissioned in the early 1990’s by Fondúireacht an Bhlascaoid (The Blasket Foundation). It had commissioned the veteran Director Bob Quinn and the awardwinning Deasy brothers (Séamus and Brendan) to record the unique testimonies of the remaining Blasket islanders living in Ireland. For over 20 years the original negative film and the precious audio recordings were stored but recently they have been digitally restored and the soundtracks re-mastered. In 2015 the Deasy brothers with director Gerry Gregg returned to Kerry to pick up from where they left off and together they have summoned up a lost world.

Produced by Praxis Pictures

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