The Lonliest Boy in the World by Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin and Patricia Ahern


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'The Loneliest Boy in the World he has only seagulls as playmates.' 1949 newspaper article. 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.

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