Caher Island

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Caher
Native name: Cathair na Naomh
Inishturk Beach - geograph.org.uk - 288665.jpg
Looking towards Caher Island from Inishturk
Caher is located in island of Ireland
Caher
Caher
Caher Island (Ireland)
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 53.°43.3′N 10°1.38′W / 53.7217°N 10.02300°W / 53.7217; -10.02300Coordinates: 53.°43.3′N 10°1.38′W / 53.7217°N 10.02300°W / 53.7217; -10.02300
Archipelago Clew Bay
Total islands 117
Major islands Clare Island, Inishturk, Inishbofin, Inishark, Achillbeg, Caher Island
Highest elevation 61 m (200 ft)
Highest point Unnamed Peak
Administration
Province Connacht
County Mayo
Demographics
Population 0
Pop. density 0 /km2 (0 /sq mi)
Additional information
Area: 128 acres[1]

Caher Island (Cathair na Naomh in Irish), an uninhabited island off the coast of County Mayo in Ireland, is situated between the larger Clare Island and Inishturk.

Etymology[edit]

Cathair na Naomh in Irish means the City of the Saints.

History[edit]

Islands off County Mayo
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An ancient centre for pilgrimage, it is still visited for this reason today.[2] On 15 August each year, the Feast of the Assumption, there is a pilgrimage to the island.

The island has an Early Christian monastery with the remains of a chapel in an enclosure and several carved slabs. The island appears to hold the remains of hermitages of seventh century monks.

Access to the island[edit]

The island is accessed by boat from Inishturk. Caher can only be accessed reasonably safely by approaching with a small boat, such as a currach, from the east to the point marked as Portatemple on the charts. This is not a safe harbour, as heavy Atlantic swells can break through even on rare calm days. The comment on the chart for the area, "The entire area of irregular depths up to 4 miles offshore between Clew Bay and Killary harbour 10 miles further south, breaks in bad weather" reflects the fact that even in moderate swell conditions of less than 5 metres, peaks can rise and break unexpectedly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Holy Wells of Ireland, Patrick Logan, Colin Smythe, 1980, pag. 146
  2. ^ Inishturk Island - Caher Island

See also[edit]