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Inishkea - South Island | by Frank Fullard
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Inishkea - South Island

The Inishkea Islands (Meaning: Goose Islands) (Gaelic: Inis Gé) are in the Atlantic, West of the Erris Penninsula in County Mayo. They have been uninhabited since the remaining population moved out in the 1930's following the tragic loss (in 1927) of 10 young men, drowned when out night fishing, as their curraghs capsized in a freak storm. It is believed by archiologists that the islands had been inhabited for over 5,000 years, although perhaps not continuously, and were possibly abandoned in the Middle Ages before being re-inhabited in the 17th centuary.

One or two of the houses have been made habitable but most are in ruins with the sand gradually gobbling them up.

 

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Taken on June 24, 2012