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Inisturk in Ireland

Inishturk (Inis Toirc in Irish, meaning Wild Boar Island) is an inhabited island about 15 km (9 miles) off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland. It has a permanent population of 58 people.[1] There are two main settlements, both on the more sheltered eastern end of the island, Ballyheer and Garranty. Bellavaun and Craggy are abandoned settlements. There is a regular ferry from Roonagh pier near Louisburgh. Some inhabitants are descended from evacuees from Inishark to the southwest. The social club Mountain Common is situated on the hill that separates the two settlements. The British built a Martello tower on the western coast during the Napoleonic Wars. Inishturk has the highest per capita donation rate towards the RNLI in the whole of Ireland.[citation needed]

Between Inishturk and Clare Island lies Caher Island.

Islands off County Mayo
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External links[edit]

  • Inishturk National School
  • [1] In this series of podcasts on Mayo's Heritage you can hear an excerpt from Ger Reidy's Heritage Tour of Inishturk

Coordinates: 53°42′05″N 10°06′30″W / 53.7014°N 10.1083°W / 53.7014; -10.1083