It's a happy ending of sorts, and maybe one that would even have made Peig Sayers crack a smile of satisfaction — Great Blasket Island is to get a toilet.
The report that visitors to the island had been defecating in the ruins of author's home has prompted junior minister Patrick O’Donovan to say that he expected the facilities would be in place by next summer.'s
He also promised new signage would be erected to remind people to stay away from seals, after concerns that some day trippers were approaching them to take selfies.
Referring to the island's "very constrained" environment, he said providing facilities was "a priority for me" and he did not know why an earlier recommendation had not been acted upon.
Regarding the behaviour of some visitors, including people interfering with young seals, he said he wanted people to "exercise some cop-on".
The concerns were raised by Brock Montgomery and Claire de Haas, who left the Great Blasket Island on Tuesday having acted as caretakers since the start of April.
Brock, a 30-year-old Canadian former ice-hockey star, said: “The island has taught me to be in the moment a little bit more.
Claire, 27, said: “When we arrived back in Dingle, we had gone from somewhere that was so quiet to hearing cars again.
“It was strange. It may not have actually been busy when we arrived, but for us, it was like there was just so much going on again.”