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Lough Neagh Island’s Lone Resident Says Goodbye After Two Decades As Warden

27th November 2017
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Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times Coney Island in Lough Neagh has a history dating back to Neolithic times Photo: Jonathan Rodgers/Wikimedia

#LoughNeagh - After two decades as warden of Coney Island in Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’ has sailed on, as the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Peter McClelland won out over 400 applicants in 1998 for the prize position of caretaker of the National Trust-owned island, which has a rich history dating back to Neolithic times.

The Co Antrim man, from nearby Aghagallon, says the last 19 years “were the best years of my life” as he spent his days contentedly alone and occupied by the tasks at hand.

Indeed, from his new home in Portadown, McClelland is planning to write a book about his remarkable experience as the island’s lone resident.

The Belfast Telegraph has more on the story HERE.

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