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Book Launch -“The Loneliest Boy In The World” by Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin

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The Loneliest Boy In The World

The Last Child of the Great Blasket Island


Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin

with Patricia Ahern



   Aoichainteoir: Pól Ruiséal


Déardaoin 12 Meitheamh 2014 Thursday 12th of June 2014 Giovedì 12 giugno 2014


An Seomra Caidrimh, 

Áras Uí Rathaille, UCC                           O’Rahilly Building, UCC

5.30 p.m.




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.

The book offers an examination of aspects of Irish history, urban and industrial development from the perspective of the sea.






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