Blasket Memories presents a powerful insight into the lives of those who lived on the Blasket Island and describes how the island was evacuated in 1953 when their numbers decreased to a point where they could no longer survive as a separate community.
The book is based on the writings of Seán Ó Criomhthain who vividly describes the immense difficulties experienced by the fishing community at the hands of landlords and bailiffs, as they battled with the harsh elements.
It also consists of interviews with inhabitants of the island who were eventually forced to leave their homes and live on the mainland.
Pádraic Tyers was born in County Waterford but has spent most of his life in Cork. Originally a secondary teacher, he was later appointed Director of Oral Irish at University College, Cork. He retired from that position in 1988 and now devotes most of his time to writing.