The Last Blasket King -

The Last Blasket King

By Gerald Hayes, Eliza Kane



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The last King of the Great Blasket Island was Padraig O Cathain, known as Peats Mhici, who served for quarter of a century until his death in 1929. The King helped the islanders navigate through life and through national as well as international events, such as the 1916 Rising and the Great War. This book tells how he came to be King of the Great Blasket Island and how his personality and integrity shaped the role. This is the first account of the King's extraordinary life, written in collaboration with his descendants in the USA and Ireland. It tells the story of this unique man, his many contributions to the island and his extended legacy. * Also available: From the Great Blasket to America by Michael Carney and The Loneliest Boy in the World by Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain

Product code: 9781848892378

ISBN 9781848892378
Publisher The Collins Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW128xS28
No. Of Pages 360
There is something magical about the notion of a king on a small isolated island. Few would look at the ruins on the Great Blasket and imagine a king had lived there. Yet the King was a very forceful presence on this island. The last was Padraig O Cathain, 'Peats Mhici,' who served for about twenty-five years until his death in 1929.