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€1m for Castle Island in Roaringwater Bay, West Cork
Historial Castle Island in Roaringwater Bay off the coast of Schull, West Cork is on the market for offers in excess of €1m. The island is located immediately east of the entrance to Schull Harbour and south-west of Horse Island.…
Eoin Boyle and Annie Birney took up residence on the island earlier this month
A Dublin couple chosen from thousands of applicants for two caretaker positions on Great Blasket Island have started their new jobs on the remote offshore idyll. As previously covered on Afloat.ie, well over 20,000 applications were submitted for the two…
Tory Island- French filmmaker Loic Jourdain is screening the world premiere of his latest feature on Tory island, entitled The Tribe of Gods.
A documentary on how Tory island’s late king Patsy Dan Rodgers led his community’s efforts to secure their rights and a study of a “maverick islander” are scheduled for Galway Film Fleadh’s online programme this weekend. French filmmaker Loic Jourdain…
Clare Island is the largest of Mayo's offshore islands
The common challenges faced by island communities will be shared during the second global Virtual Island Summit which takes place in September. Some 140 ambassadors representing some 10,000 islanders will participate in the summit online from September 7th to 13th.…
Rathlin Island is open again to visitors
The Island of Rathlin in the Sea of Moyle off Ballycastle is now open to resident and visiting boat owners and overnighting is allowed. The ferry is also operating. This popular destination is six miles long, one mile wide, "L"…
Aran residents were similar to Australopithecus robustus, according to Inis Mor hotelier Keith Madigan
Gales over the weekend have cushioned the impact of full re-opening of offshore islands to visitors as COVID-19-related restrictions are eased. However, there has been a steady increase in traffic to the Aran islands, served currently by one ferry from…
Mathematician and musician Peter Knox singing the Turbot Island song remembering the death of three fishermen in 1974 which led to the island's evacuation
When three Connemara islanders drowned on their way home in a currach from watching the All-Ireland football final on television in Clifden in 1974, their loss had such a devastating impact that most of the residents of Turbot evacuated four…
Little Skellig off the County Kerry coast
Little Skellig– the inaccessible sister crag to Skellig Michael - was long thought to have been inhabited only by gannets, fulmars and other seabirds. However, as The Sunday Times reports today, archaeologist Michael Gibbons and a group of climbers have…
Disappointed - Outgoing Gaeltacht minister Sean Kyne
Outgoing Gaeltacht minister Sean Kyne has expressed disappointment at the Government decision to approve early re-opening of offshore islands to visitors from Monday (June 29). The Attorney General had advised the Cabinet that there could be legal consequences if it…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands
It’s been confirmed that tourist travel to offshore islands will be permitted from next Monday under the next phase of lifting coronavirus restrictions, which was announced last night (Thursday 25 June). RTÉ News reports that the move was recommended by…
The Aran Islands - one confirmed case of Covid-19
The Irish Islands Federation has called on the Government to provide “clear guidance and protocols” on the safe re-opening of islands to visitors. The federation, Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann, has also called on the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET)…
The Baltimore Ferry to Sherkin Island in West Cork
Coastal Communities are the focus this week on the Marine Institute’s Oceans of Learning series. The Marine Institute and partners are celebrating our world’s shared ocean and our connection to the sea in a 10-week series, sharing news and offering…
A survey conducted by the co-op on the Aran island of Inis Óirr (above) last week indicated that 92 per cent of residents and businesses oppose re-opening for the remainder of the summer due to fears over the spread of Covid-19
Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne says he opposes the National Public Health Emergency Team’s (NPHET) decision on an early lifting of travel restrictions to and from offshore islands. The decision to allow travel to and from offshore islands to resume from…
Kilronan Pier on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands
The Aran islanders may have a ban on visitors, but they are already critically short of drinking water.  Irish Water and Galway County Council have introduced restrictions on water use lasting 17 hours a day on both the largest island…
The lockdown means the ferry from Roonagh pier near Louisburgh, Co. Mayo will bring no one out to Clare island who doesn’t live there. Above AFLOAT adds is the passenger only Sea Sprinter alongside passenger and ro-ro freight ferry Clew Bay Queen operated by the O'Grady family noting the O'Malley's also have a ferry service on the same route. The ro-ro ferry previously named Árainn Mhór served Arannmore Island Ferry Services to the island off Co. Donegal. The 1972 built ferry was originally launched as Kilbrannan for Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) services on the Scottish Western Isles. The vessel can carry 96 passengers, 6 cars and heavy freight using an on board crane for cargo that can include bales of wool.
On Clare Island is Padraig O’Malley's crocery and post office and what is also a wonderfully balmy, sunny day – with clear blue sky above and 7km of turquoise sea separating the island from the Mayo mainland. “It’s not getting…
Island lifeline as cargoship Saoirse na Mara AFLOAT adds trades on the Galway-Aran Islands route is operated by Lasta Mara Teo. The state subsidised service transports freight and supplies plus vehicles to islanders while the Covid-19 crisis continues. Only islanders and those in emergency providing essential services e.g doctors, Gardaí and others can take the ferryboat while tourists will have to wait until restrictions are eventually lifted.
Inisheer off Co. Galway, at this time of year is normally a hive of activity with bands of tourists alighting from the ferries ready to soak up the peace and quiet. Or they may be arriving for Irish language or…

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