Aughinish, County Limerick

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As seen from Kildysart.

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]

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