Departing Blasket Island keepers Claire and Brock – “the island has had a lasting effect on us”

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It’s been a week since Brock Montgomery and his partner Claire de Haas left the Great Blasket Island as caretakers, but even though their time living on the famous Irish literary mecca of West Kerry has come to an end, the couple said this week that what they’ve learned on the island over the past six months will stay with them for years to come.

It was truly a dream come true for Brock, a former Canadian professional ice hockey player from Moose Jaw in Canada and Claire from Alkmaar in the Netherlands when they were announced as the island’s new goalies in January. of this year. That dream came true last April when they took up residence for what was to be a six month stay they would never forget.

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