Aughinish, County Limerick

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Aughinish is a former island (now peninsula) in the Shannon estuary, in County Limerick, Ireland, near Foynes.

Rusal Aughinish, Europe's largest bauxite refinery, is located on the island.[1] The site includes a deep-water jetty in the Shannon[2] through which the refinery imports bauxite from Guinea and Brazil and exports alumina to be refined into aluminium metal.[1]it created 450 jobs for the local people.

Although most of the island is occupied by industry, it is also the site of Ireland's first butterfly sanctuary, located in an abandoned quarry.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Profits plunge 80pc at Aughinish Alumina". Irish Independent. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Top 1000: Limerick Alumina". Irish Times. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Nature Trails of Aughinish". Limerick City Council. Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

Coordinates: 52°37′19.46″N 9°3′54.11″W / 52.6220722°N 9.0650306°W / 52.6220722; -9.0650306