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“Inishkea Island” – Mayo’s Forgotten Isle


Offshore Belmullet Peninsula, County Mayo, Ireland
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Offshore Mullet Peninsula, County Mayo, Ireland

Finding a place in Ireland or even internationally in this day & age that remains almost totally unchanged in the past century can be like “trying to find a needle in a haystack”. Yet on the western coast of County Mayo, that elusive place has been hiding in plain sight.

A few miles off shore Belmullet lies this stunning forgotten island. Sadly it is now uninhabited due to the final 10 male islanders drowning during a freak storm in 1927, God rest their souls. The remaining women & children held on for a while but due to harsh times & the loss of their husbands they were forced to re-home on the mainland in 1934 just to survive. The earliest evidence of settlement on Inishkea goes back at least 5,000 years and the island has numerous archaeological sites from the Neolithic to Early Christian Monastic sites.

Inishkea is relatively low lying and everywhere is covered in fine pure white sand, often blown into drifts by the strong winds where it fills the houses of this seafront abandoned village. The ocean surrounding this island is crystal clear which reflects the most stunning shades of green & blues your mind could ever visualise. In-fact some of the clearest waters I have ever set eyes on!

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