Clew Bay

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Clew Bay
Overlooking Murrisk and Clew Bay

Clew Bay (Irish: Cuan Mó) is a natural ocean bay in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. It contains Ireland's best example of sunken drumlins. The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick to the south and the Nephin Range mountains of North Mayo. Clare Island guards the entrance of the bay. From the southwest part of the bay eastwards are Louisburgh, Lecanvey, Murrisk, and Westport; north of Westport is Newport, and westwards from there lies Mulranny, gateway to Achill. From the south side of the bay, between Clare Island and Achill, Bills Rocks can be seen.

History[edit]

Clew Bay was the focus of the O'Malley family possessions in the Middle Ages, and is associated especially with Grace O'Malley or Granuaile. She is known as the Pirate Queen who commanded a fleet of ships and maintained several castles, including those on Clare Island, Achill and Rockfleet.

During the Irish Civil War in July 1922, 400 Free State troops were landed at Clew Bay to take Westport and Castlebar from Anti-Treaty forces.

Inishgort Lighthouse[edit]

Stands on Inishgort island 5 km from Murrisk.

Fish Farming in Clew Bay[edit]

In recent years there has been controversy over fish-farming in the bay. "The Organic Salmon Company" is based off Clare Island.[1]

Gallery[edit]

Islands of Clew Bay[edit]

The bay is also home to Dorinish, a private island purchased by John Lennon in 1967.[citation needed] Glenans Ireland, a non-profit sailing school, has a branch on Collanmore Island where sailing is taught.[citation needed]

Legend has it that Clew Bay has 365 islands in it—"an island for every day of the year". The large number of drumlins at the east end of the bay gave rise to this myth, but in fact there are not so many.

Drumlin islands, sandbars, and rocks[edit]

This chart shows the relative positions of the islands, sandbars, and rocks in the eastern half of Clew Bay. There are 117.

86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
96 Inishkeel Inishbobunnan
(Unnamed)
Beetle Island North
Inishlim
95 Moynish More Black Rock
Inisherkin
Inishgowla
Beetle Island South
Inishnacross
Inishtubrid Inishquirk Illannambraher Roslynagh Gobfadda
Kid Island East
Forillan
Illanavrick
Camel Island
94 Moynish Beg Inishcooa
Roeillaun
Inishdeashmore
Inishdeashbeg
Inishilra
Inishcarrick
Inishcorky
Inishdasky
Inishcoragh
(Unnamed)
Freaghillanluggagh Inishdaweel
Muckinish
Illanascraw
Inishturlin Rabbit Island
93 Inishcannon Inisheanmore Rock
Carrickachorra
Carricklahan
Freaghillan West
Inishkee
Freaghillan East
Inishcuill West
Inishfesh
Inishcuill
Carrickwee
Rosbarnagh Island
Carrigeennaronty
92 Inishoo Illanmaw
Inishgowla
Mauherillan
Inishlaughil
Inishmolt
Inishbollog
Inishdaff Inishloy
91 Inishbee Calf Island
Derrinish
Inishcottle Illannaconney
Inishnakillew
Inishturk
90 Rabbit Island Knocky-Cahillaun
Quinnsheen Island
Freaghillan
Moneybeg Island
Clynish
Illaunnamona
Carrigeenglass North
Trawbaun
Carrigeenglass
Atticlea Island
89 Island More Collan Beg Collan More
Carrigeenglass South
88 Inishgort Inishlyre
87 Dorinish More Inishlaghan Crovinish
Carrickwee
Illanataggart
Rocky Island
86 Creggandillisk Dorinish Beg
Inishimmel
Inishleague Inishgowla South
Inishraher
Forillan
Carrickawart Island
Finnaun Island
Stony Island Cleavlagh Strand
85 Carrickataha Bartraw
Inishdaugh
Inisheeny Corillan
Carricknamore
Green Islands Carricknacaly Monkellys Rocks
Inishweela
Illanroe
84 Cahernaran Island Annagh Island West
Sruffanbaun Strand
Annagh Island East
Illanatee
83 Annagh Island Middle
Roeillan

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Coordinates: 53°50′N 9°48′W / 53.833°N 9.800°W / 53.833; -9.800