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Inis Oirr, Aran Islands

Short Description

Inis Oirr is the Gaelic name of the Island of Inisheer. It is one of the Aran Islands situated in Galway Bay, on the western coast of Ireland, and experiences the full force of the Atlantic Ocean. The Aran Islands are one of the last refuges of native Irish to be spoken daily, and the islanders maintain their traditions of music and hospitality. The community of Inis Oirr has been proactive in making its presence known, not just in Ireland and Europe but in a global context, having received the LIVCOM award for healthy living in 2013. The Aran Islands with Inis Oirr are committed to maintaining their unique lifestyle and heritage through local skills and their renowned hospitality to visitors.

What is special

The heritage of the Islands is remarkable; it has promontory forts dating from the Stone Age, as far back as 1,500 BC; 10th century remains of stone church of St Caomhan (St Kevin), some thatched cottages, currachs and Galway Hookers ( traditional rowing and sailing boats, hearing the Gaelic language being spoken everyday, traditional music and dancing and pubs…The landscape is unique: barren limestone slabs indented with niches which support remarkable flora and endless stone walls enclosing fields created out of seaweed washed up on the shore. the Aran Islands and insider are unlike another places on Earth. What a treasure!  

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