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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 30- The Plassey Shipwreck

Day 30: The Plassey Shipwreck

I visited the Plassey Shipwreck on my third and final full day on Inisheer. To get to the wreck I chose to hire a bike from the only bike hire shop on the island, run by a very friendly local.

The cargo vessel Plassey was shipwrecked off Inis Oírr in the 1960s, and has since been thrown above high tide mark at Carraig na Finise on the island by strong Atlantic waves. The ship features in the opening credits of the TV Show Father Ted.

A group of local Islanders, the Inisheer Rocket Crew, rescued the entire crew from the stricken vessel using a breeches buoy. The event was captured in a pictorial display at the National Maritime Museum in Dun Láoghaire.

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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Photos: Day 26- O’Brien’s Castle

Day 26: O’Brien’s Castle

The Castle oversees Inisheer from one of the highest points of the island, with views of the beach, pier, and ruins below. This castle is thought to have been built in 14th century making it one of the oldest ruins on the Aran Islands. It would pre-date the other ruins in surrounding areas of County Clare such as the Burren Tower Houses and other stone forts on the Aran Islands.
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The early Tribal Kingdoms that divided Ireland often competed for resources and were not exactly known for their peace making. It is not surprising that in 1582 the O’Flaherty’s of Connemara sieged and occupied the castle from the ruling O’Brien’s of Munster. The O’Flaherty family was driven west due to the invasion of Norman conquerors but fought ferociously to maintain their influence in the area.

 

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Ireland: 31 Days, 31 Pictures: Day 24- Inisheer

Day 24: Inisheer

I had originally planned to stay in my previous destination, Kinvara, for nine days. However, I’m glad I didn’t, because as lovely as Kinvara is, it is a small village, and six days was plenty to experience all the village had to offer. Whilst still in Galway, I canceled the last three days of my Airbnb booking in Kinvara, and booked with another on Inisheer. I was excited for a three-day weekend getaway on the rural Irish island.

 

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Inisheer (Irish: Inis Oírr, the island’s official name, Inis Oirthir, meaning “east island”, and traditionally Inis Thiar, meaning “rear island”) is the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Inisheer has a population of about 260 permanent residents ( according to the 2016 census), making it the second smallest of the Aran Islands in terms of population. There are three primary settlements on Inis Oírr – Baile an Chaisleáin (Castletown), Baile an Feirme ( Farm-town) & Baile an Lurgain .

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