Work to commence on a Blasket Island management plan later this year

Inis Tuaisceart, An Fear Marbh, the Sleeping Giant - one of the Blasket Islands off the coast of West Kerry. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

Work is to commence on a Blasket Island management plan later this year.

The Office of Public Works says it continues to work with relevant stakeholders to advance the upgrading of piers, in particular the pier on the island.

Kerry County Council previously said upgrading the pier at An Blascaód Mór is identified as a medium-term action in the County Kerry Tourism Strategy and Action Plan.


The council undertook a detailed re-examination of proposed projects on the island in 2017, which included updating the projected costs to €7 million.

Kerry County Council says the OPW is operating with an island management plan that’s over fifteen years old and, until the plan is updated, nothing will be done.

The OPW says any works in relation to the islands and Dunquin Pier are subject to funding and adequate resourcing.

It adds there are no developments on a visitor management plan to date, however, it intends to commence work on this later in the year.