Michael J Carney on the Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry, where he was born in 1920. He died in August in Massachusetts at the age of 94. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Mike Carney, the oldest surviving native of the Blasket Islands, died last week in Massachusetts at the age of 94. He lived a slightly longer life tha(...)

Denis DK Kane and Andrew Jacob prepare to take to the sea while filming the documentary The Crest at the Blaskets in Co Kerry. Photograph: Valerie O'Sullivan

There’s a treacherous stretch of the Atlantic that flows between the mainland and the Great Blasket island. Lives have been lost and journeys ended(...)

Peig. There’s a whole generation of Irish schoolchildren for whom that name was insult added to injury. It was bad enough that you couldn’t get(...)

Peig. There’s a whole generation of Irish schoolchildren for whom that name was insult added to injury. It was bad enough that you couldn’t get(...)