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Inisturk Harbour
Islanders on Inishturk, Co Mayo, say they cannot risk essential repairs being carried out to a storm-damaged mobile phone transmitter for the west coast due to the risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. Inishturk development manager Mary Helena O’Toole said…
Aran Island Ferries
No tourists are permitted to travel between the Aran Islands and Galway during current Covid-19 restrictive measures, Island Ferries has said. The private company has also said one vessel will serve all three islands daily for “essential/emergency services only “…
Tory Island off the Donegal coast
RTÉ News reports that Tory Island residents sought the assistance of gardaí and the Irish Coast Guard after a yacht berthed unexpectedly at the Co Donegal island’s pier last night (Friday 27 March). The yacht’s four crew were spoken to…
A passenger ferry approaches one of the Aran Islands offshore of the west coast of Ireland
A number of offshore islands have gone into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic with tourists and holiday home owners being discouraged from travelling there. Ferry companies serving the three Aran Islands (Inis Mór: see story) and Inishbofin have agreed…
Inis Mór in the Aran Islands will not be welcoming tourists for next two weeks
Galway Bay FM reports that residents on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands are appealing for tourists and other visitors to stay away for the next fortnight to limit the spread of COVID-19. Comharchumann Forbartha Árann Teo issued a statement…
Filming on Skellig Michael for the Star Wars saga began in 2015
Skellig Michael’s former site manager has expressed his misgivings around filming for the Star Wars movie franchise at the Unesco World Heritage site. As the Irish Examiner reports, Grellan Rourke — who recently retired from his role after 41 years…
 Island residents off Galway, Mayo and Donegal cast their votes in the 2020 General Election. Above Presiding officer Nancy Sharkey with a ballot box on the ferry for Gola Island off Donegal.
On islands off the coasts of Galway, Mayo and Donegal, people are casting their votes in the General Election today. It had been expected that the European and local elections held in May of last year would be the final…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
A whopping 23,000 applications have been received for two unique summer jobs on Great Blasket Island, as RTÉ News reports. Afloat.ie previously noted the huge response to the vacancies on the usually uninhabited Co Kerry island — for two people,…
Strangford Lough and its islands
Giffiths Valuation of Ireland tells us that in the middle of the nineteenth century the sole occupant of Trasnagh Island in Strangford Lough was a John Patton writes Betty Armstrong Now the County Down Spectator reports that for the first…
Great Blasket Island off Co Kerry is a popular tourist destination in the summer months
The owners of three rental cottages on Great Blasket Island have been “inundated” with queries about a caretaker vacancy on the Co Kerry island, according to Extra.ie. The “unique” job position advertised on the Great Blasket Island Twitter account calls…
Portaferry RNLI lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of three people stranded on Trasnagh Island near Whiterock at Killinchy on the western shore of Strangford Lough this afternoon, as the weather deteriorated. Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched promptly at 1.26 pm and made…
Inis Oírr in the Aran Islands
The Aran Islands were this week among six offshore communities across the European Union to publish their plans to transition to clean energy, as TheJournal.ie reports. Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Árann Teo (CFOAT) helped develop the transition plan that was published…
The harbour on Inishturk
Two islands off Galway and Mayo face the prospect of no local doctor with the pending retirement of a mainland-based GP. As the Connacht Tribune reports, Dr Ciarán McLoughlin will end his services to the community on Inishbofin and Inishturk…
Cape Clear Distillers (from left) Seán Ó Drisceoil, Noreen Court, Chris Mason, Mairtín Ó Méaloid, Ruth Court & Samantha Parsons
Cape Clear Island Distillery, Ireland’s newest and only offshore Island distillery confirmed its first distillations last week with the first bottles of gin produced on Thursday 7th November last. Its been a turbulent few months for the new operation which…
Dun Aengus on Inis Mór
Galway Bay FM reports that almost €100,000 has been ring-fenced for the completion of coastal protection works on Inis Mór in the Aran Islands. The works will focus on arresting erosion at the island’s coastal cemetery, which locals fear will…
New Book On Clare Island ‘Shines Spotlight On Its Richness Of Life’
One hundred years ago, Irish naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger led a survey of the natural history and cultural heritage of Clare Island in Co Mayo at a level of detail greater than any area of comparable size at that time.…

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