With stunning views of the wild Atlantic coast and islands at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive, the Blasket Centre is a fascinating heritage and cultural centre/ museum, honouring the unique community who lived on the remote Blasket Islands until their evacuation in 1953.
The Blasket Centre tells the story of island life, subsistence fishing and farming, traditional life including modes of work and transport, home life, housing and entertainment. The Centre details the community’s struggle for existence, their language and culture, and the extraordinary literary legacy they left behind- classics such as The Islandman, Twenty Years A-Growing, and Peig. Their story is told using a variety of means – exhibitions, interactive displays, artefacts, audio visual presentations and artworks. Visible from the Centre is Great Blasket Island. Tours of the deserted village on the island are also available.
An Díseart is a quirky and interesting building to visit in the centre of Dingle Town.The neo-gothic former Presentation Order convent, designed by JJ McCarthy, is home to a beautifully proportioned chapel with twelve lancet windows created in 1924 by renowned stained glass artist, Harry Clarke. The windows, along with the tranquil walled gardens, first laid out in 1849, have become a popular attraction for visitors in Dingle.The gardens are in three parts and include a community Tree of Life Garden to a plan by Mary Reynolds. The chapel, the Diseart building and the gardens are open to the public.