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- DescriptionThere is something magical about the tion 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. To islanders, he was arguably the most important citizen and was the central figure on the island during its literary flowering. He helped islanders navigate through life and national and world events such as the 1916 Rising and The Great War. He collaborated with the other 'elders' in planning the transfer of ownership of the island from the Earl of Cork to the Congested Districts Board in 1907 and, in turn, to the islanders themselves. They also participated in the reorganisation of the field system between 1907 and 1917. This is the first account of his extraordinary life, written in collaboration with the King's descendants in the USA and Ireland. It tells of the very special, unique man, his many contributions to the island and his extended legacy.
- Author BiographyGERALD HAYES is the son-in-law of Michael Carney, the oldest living native of The Great Blasket Island. He is co-author with Carney of From The Great Blasket to America - The Last Memoir by an Islander. Based in Springfield, Massachusetts, he holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. ELIZA C. KANE is the great-great-granddaughter of the last King of The Great Blasket Island and co-producer of The Crest, a documentary film about the King and his descendants. She has taught literature and writing in the United States and France. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and daughter, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the King.
- Author(s)Eliza Kane,Gerald Hayes
- PublisherThe Collins Press
- Date of Publication27/04/2015
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationCork
- Country of PublicationIreland
- ImprintThe Collins Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight386 g
- Width128 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine28 mm
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