The last child born on the Great Blasket Island has said the most fitting way to commemorate Dr Míchéal Ó Cearna is to preserve the island.
Míchéal Ó Cearna or Mike Carney, who was the oldest surviving Blasket Islander, passed away at Springfield, Massachusetts on Saturday. He was 94. He left the Blaskets as a teenager in 1937 before emigrating to America in 1948. His autobiography, ‘From the Great Blasket to America – The Last Memoir of a Blasket Islander’ was published in 2013. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by NUI Maynooth in 2010 in recognition of his contribution to Irish heritage. Gearóid Cheaist Ó Catháin, who was the last baby born on the island, said Maidhc had attended Blasket commemorations in west Kerry every year: