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Afloat.ie noted in April that the 14-bedroom Óstan Thóraigh was put on the market for €400,000 — less than the asking price of many Dublin homes.
The hotel has been the centre of life on the Co Donegal island for over a century, counting Irish revolutionary Roger Casement among its storied guest list, and is being sold as a going concern.
But by the deadline of Wednesday 31 July, no “satisfactory” offer had been received for the property, according to Gareth McLarnon of Glenn Estates — who also raised the prospect of “negative publicity” around visitor numbers to Ireland’s most north-western county.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
Óstan Thóraigh has been the centre of life on Tory Island for over 100 years, and once hosted Irish revolutionary Roger Casement as a guest.
And it remains the biggest employer on the Gaeltacht island, some nine miles off the Donegal mainland.
The property is being sold as a going concern by Sean Doherty, who is also Tory Island’s former lighthouse keeper.
Access to the island is by ferry, a connection that had been under threat until islanders reached agreement with the State over the contract last year.
Glen Estates is handling the sale of Óstan Thóraigh, which is priced at €400,000 — less than a three-bed semi-detached home in parts of the capital. Offers are open until Wednesday 31 July.
President Michael D Higgins was among the first to hail Rodgers, an accomplished traditional musician and artist, as an “advocate for Ireland’s island communities”.
Rodgers succeeded his father as the ceremonial King of Toraigh in the 1990s, and respresented a community who were involved in recent rumblings over the island’s passenger ferry link to the mainland that were resolved this past March.
The Irish Times has more on Patsy Dan Rodgers and his legacy HERE.
Update 8pm: This article was edited to clarify that Patsy Dan Rodgers was not directly involved in the recent Tory Island ferry row.
As previously noted on Afloat.ie, people living on the island off the Donegal coast feared the loss of their community with the planned introduction of a new ferry service that they argued was unsuitable for their needs.
But as The Irish Times reports, islanders have agreed in the majority to back a report presented to them on Friday (23 March) by mediator Pól Ó Gallchóir, and which also recommends a full departmental review of island transport around the Irish coast.
The revised proposal would see Tory Island get a new 12-passenger fast ferry alongside the 40-year-old Queen of Aran, the latter of which begins operation on the 15m route to the mainland next weekend.
Also recommended in the report is increasing the annual window for cargo runs and extending the HSE helicopter service over the winter months.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.
#IslandNews - A new ferry service to be introduced in serving Tory Island could lead to the 'extinction' of the community according to a group of concerned islanders.
According to the Irish Independent, 'Mná Thorai' claim that a new ferry service, due to begin on April 1, is unsuitable for the islands needs and could lead severely impact the lives of those who live on the lisland.
Tory Island, home to approximately 150 people, is located nine miles off the coast of Donegal and it is currently served by a ferry called 'An Tor Mór', run by Turasmara Teo.
It has ferried residents, tourists, goods and post to and from the island for 26 years but from April 1 a ferry that served the Aran Islands since the 1970s, 'Queen of Aran', will take over the service.
Mná Thorai claim that the 42-year-old ferry as Afloat previously covered is unsuitable for the waters off the Donegal coast and that it is too large to dock at Magheroarty Pier, the Donegal pier where the ferry departs for the island. If they use a second port, An Bun Beag, the journey will be 20 to 30 minutes longer.
Mná Thorai say that the new ferry puts the island "at risk of extinction" as it is only suitable for the "sheltered journey" from Doolin in Clare to the Aran Islands.
For much more on the story incuding a video of the Tor Mór in heavy seas, click here.
As previously noted on Afloat.ie, residents were furious when it emerged that a ferry built in the mid 1970s, the Queen of Aran, would be used by the operator that won the tender for the crossing.
Minister of State for the Islands and local TD Joe McHugh met with the island co-op last Friday (2 February) to discuss “a range of options for future ferry services”, according to TheJournal.ie.
But that’s not good enough for many Tory Island residents who feel that they’ve been duped over past promises to fund a custom-built ferry - and have threatened to leave the island permanently if the Queen of Aran goes into service this April.
TheJournal.ie has more on the story HERE.
#islandnews - News that a new ferry has been sanctioned for Tory Island off Co. Donegal has been welcomed – but there are still concerns over what vessel will be used until the new ferry comes on line.
According to Highland Radio, residents on the island were furious to learn that a 40 year-old ferry was being brought in on the crossing with concerns being expressed over its suitability and safety.
They had threatened to not use the service at all and following a meeting with Minister Joe McHugh, it was announced that €4 million would now be made available for a custom built ferry.
Islander Daniel Cullen says the news is welcome, but they need some reassurances. To hear a podcast of the islanders comment, click this link and scroll down the page.
As BreakingNews.ie reports, coastguard units from Rosslare and Carnsore joined Rescue 117 in the operation, with the helicopter airlifting the men and their dog to safety.
TheJournal.ie has photos of the serious swells the storm brought to the North West coast in particular.
The Sligo based Coast Guard helicopter, Rescue 118, is helping to bring Christmas cheer to Tory Island off the Donegal coast. Nine (9) islanders who otherwise would not have got home for Christmas are this afternoon being flown from Donegal Airport in Carrickfinn, to the island. A backlog of Christmas post and fresh supplies* for the island population were also carried on the flight.
The recent spell of bad weather which has extended into Storm Eva, has severely interrupted ferry services to and from the island resulting in few opportunities for locals to return home for Christmas. Deliveries of post and fresh goods have also been interrupted.
It has been a busy year for Coast Guard helicopters with almost one thousand missions completed to date by the service. This work includes assistance provided to HSE with patient transfer.
Over the Christmas period many people will be engaging in outdoor activities. The Coast Guard is strongly urging the public not to engage in any activity unless they have first checked that it is safe to do so; especially when planning to go on exposed coasts, cliffs, piers, harbour walls, beaches, promenades or other coastal areas.
The Coast Guard wishes to remind the public that if you see anybody in trouble at sea, on the coast or on cliffs to call 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.
As the Clare Herald reports, Rescue 115 - which only entered service a month ago - was called on to make the long-distance journey after the Sligo coastguard chopper was grounded by technical problems.
The mission put Shannon's new Sikorsky S92A craft's long-range capabilities and specialist medical equipment to the test, as it flew from Clare to Tory Island via Sligo General Hospital to evaculate the six-year-old boy, airlifting him to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.
As previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Irish Coast Guard took delivery of the new chopper at its Shannon base earlier this year as part of the rescue service's €500 million deal with CHC Ireland to revamp the aircraft fleet. Shannon is the only base to receive a brand new helicopter as part of the contract.
Equipped for dedicated search and rescue operations, the Sikorsky S92A provides coverage for deep Atlantic Ocean missions, services Ireland's offshore islands and provides rescue cover on the west coast from Cork to Galway.