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A photographer’s depiction of the passage of time on an Irish offshore island is captured in a television documentary due to be broadcast on TG4 on Thursday (Dec 28)

Fifty years ago, photographer Chris Rodmell “captured the soul” of the Aran island of Inis Meáin, which was “a place poised at the edge of transformation” and “untouched by modernity”, according to the TG4 billing.

Rodmell recently returned to record a second chapter and found that certain traditions have remained steadfast in that intervening period - such as the “age-old practice of herding cattle to pasture, Saint John's Day bonfires piercing the night sky, mainland children flocking to local schools to learn Irish and the resurrection of the delicate art of knitting”.

"Inis Meáin: Idir Dhá Linn" is billed by TG4 as “a captivating television documentary that takes audiences on an emotional journey to a secluded island nestled on the western fringes of Europe”.

Cathal Ó Cuaig directed the documentary produced by Aniar TV for TG4; it will be broadcast on TG4 on Thursday, December 28th at 9.20 pm.

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Families from Co Meath and Co Limerick will be housed rent-free in the Aran Islands as part of a drive to boost the number of school children locally.

The two families were chosen from more than 1,600 people — including some from as far away as Canada and even Australia — who applied for the scheme devised by Inis Meáin’s development body, as reports.

Two homes were sourced on the island for the nine months of the school year for the successful families, who can avail of local supports for remote working and whose children will attend school through Irish in the Gaeltacht area. has much more on the story HERE.

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The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Pat Carey, T.D., has announced the launch of a report on the employment needs and the economic development potential of the islands. The economic consultants, FGS Consulting, were commissioned by the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs to compile the report under the direction of a steering committee made up of representatives from Comhar na nOileán, Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Department itself.  The report's recommendations relate to the following areas:

  • Issues related to the cost of living and to improving the islands' infrastructure;
  • Cost factors that prevent the establishment and operation of commercial enterprises on the islands;
  • The islands' development potential and the employment needs of island communities;
  • Recommendations regarding further targeted support measures which would be aimed at the promotion of sustainable development and job creation; and
  • The costs and advantages relating to any of the new measures recommended to support investment.

Minister Carey said that the Department would use the report as a basis for the development of further policies in relation to the islands in the coming years and that he hoped that some of the recommendations could be put in place in the short term at very little cost. He said, "We now intend to carry out a further examination of the various recommendations made in the report in consultation with other relevant Departments and state agencies to establish the most practical method of implementation."

A copy of the complete study is available on the Department's website

Further Information:

The following is a list of the islands which were included in the study:

Island                                                 County                                   Population

Toraigh                                                Donegal                                   142

Árainn Mhór                                       Donegal                                   522

Clare Island                                         Mayo                                       136

Inishturk Island                                   Mayo                                       58

Inishbofin                                            Galway                                    199

Árainn                                                 Galway                                    824

Inis Meáin                                           Galway                                    154

Inis Oírr                                              Galway                                    247

Bear Island                                          Cork                                        187

Sherkin Island                                    Cork                                        106

Cléire                                                   Cork                                        125

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