Travel and Topography Books

O'Cathain, Gearoid Cheaist with Patricia Ahern: The Lonliest Boy in the World - the last child of the Great Blasket Island (15669)

Collins Press reprint 2015
8vo paperback 124 pages F++ 275 gms
(Order reference 15669)

Gearoid Cheaist O Cathain was the last child brought up on the Blasket Islands off Ireland's southwest coast. His childhood was unique, as he was the only child on the island, the nearest in age being his uncle who was 30 years older. A 1951 newspaper article described him as 'the loneliest boy in the world - he has only seagulls as playmates'. In this captivating memoir, he recalls growing up on the island without a doctor, priest, school, church or electricity. The trials and tribulations of the small, vulnerable fishing community until its evacuation are vividly related. Despite public perception, Gearoid remembers a wonderful childhood, cherished by parents and neighbours. His memories are entwined with the beliefs and customs handed down through the generations and are an insight into life on the Blaskets."