Inishvickillane

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Inishvickillane
Elevation 135 m (443 ft)
Prominence 135 m (443 ft)
Location
Location County Kerry, Ireland
OSI/OSNI grid V211911

Inishvickillane or Inishvickillaun (from Irish: Inis Mhic Aoibhleáin)[1] is one of the Blasket Islands of County Kerry, Ireland. Referred to by Blasket islanders as "The Inis",[2] Inishvickillane was intermittently inhabited during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by one or more families. There are extensive ruins of ancient stone buildings and a house was built in the 1970s by the late former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, who owned the island and used it as a holiday home.

Apart from Tearaght and some rocks, this island is the most western land of Ireland; it is possibly the most western part of the country that had anything like normal habitation, since Tearaght's sole inhabitants seem to have been the keepers of the lighthouse there before that was automated in 1988.

Inishvickillane holds important seabird colonies, being especially notable for Northern Fulmar, European Storm-petrel and Atlantic Puffin. A herd of Red Deer was introduced to the island by Haughey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ J. & R. Stagles, The Blasket Islands: Next Parish America. O'Brien Press, Dublin, 1980

Coordinates: 52°02′37″N 10°36′30″W / 52.04350°N 10.60829°W / 52.04350; -10.60829