townland, island or archipelago
An Blascaod Mór
genitive: an Bhlascaoid Mhóir
validated name
(Irish)
Great Blasket Island
(English)

Glossary

English great, big

Explanatory note

  • English

    Known as ‘The Great Blasket Island’ in English, it is also called An tOileán Mór ‘the big island’ and An tOileán Tiar ‘the western island’, in Irish. The etymology of blascaod is uncertain.

Centrepoint

52.0919, -10.5423latitude, longitude
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Properties

GGaeltacht

Archival records

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Historical references

1598
Blaskey
Clancarthy Surv. Leathanach: Lsc. barúntachtaí
1644
fferettersIland
Pierce fferretter
Dep. 1641 Leathanach: 124v
1841
Blasquett Island
Cess Coll.:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Blasket Island
Inhabs.:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Great Blasket Island
"The Blasques probably from 'Blaosc' or Blaosg' in Irish, a scale or shell being supposed to have been scaled off the continent of Ireland - these islands are 12 in number, but 4 of them are only rocks." [Smith's History of Kerry 1756]
OD:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Great Blasket Island & Islands
BS:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Great Blasquet Island
TAB:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
The Great Blasket
BM:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Great Blasket
Larkin (Ci):AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Blaskes alias Ferreter's Iland
Inq. C I:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Oilean mor, 'great island'
"Called 'Oileán mor,' by the natives." [Nóta OD]
OD:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Oilean mor, 'by the people'
pl:AL Leathanach: Ci042,19
1841
Blasket or Ferriter's Islands
Smith Hist. Kerry:AL
1945
oːn iˈl′aːn muːr
Oral Lit. Leathanach: 33
1945
ɛr niˈl′aːn muːr
Oral Lit. Leathanach: 37
1945
insn iˈl′aːn
Oral Lit. Leathanach: 325
1945
oːn iˈl′aːn t′iar
Oral Lit. Leathanach: 325
1971
nəblɑˈsgeːdiːˈmuərə
Áit.

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