Inishbofin, County Donegal

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This article is about Inishbofin, Co. Donegal. For Inishbofin, Co. Galway, see Inishbofin, Galway.
Native name: Inis Bó Finne
Inishbofin, County Donegal is located in island of Ireland
Inishbofin, County Donegal
Inishbofin (Ireland)
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 55°10′23″N 8°10′08″W / 55.17306°N 8.16889°W / 55.17306; -8.16889Coordinates: 55°10′23″N 8°10′08″W / 55.17306°N 8.16889°W / 55.17306; -8.16889
Area 1.2 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Population 11 (as of 2011)

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow ) is an island off the coast of Machaire Rabhartaigh (Magheraroarty), County Donegal, Ireland.


Inishbofin as seen from Machaire Rabhartaigh, with Tory Island visible in the distance, October 2011.

It is a 120-hectare (300 acre) land mass long known as a fishing and farming village, a place where generations of inhabitants have spoken Irish. The current population numbers about 36.[1] There are no pubs or shops on the island. There is a boat service to and from it but no regular ferry.

It is the largest of a small group of islands; the others, Inis Dúiche and Inis Beag, lie to the north and are uninhabited.


Inishbofin's population dropped in 110 years from 150 (1901) to 11 (2011).

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 121 —    
1851 122 +0.8%
1901 150 +23.0%
1951 120 −20.0%
Year Pop. ±%
1996 24 −80.0%
2002 16 −33.3%
2006 36 +125.0%
2011 11 −69.4%
Source: John Chambers. "Islands - Change in Population 1841 - 2011". Retrieved February 19, 2015. 

The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Census data in Ireland before 1841 were not complete and/or reliable.


  1. ^ The Islands - facts and figures from Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann

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