Cruit Island

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Cruit Island
Oileán na Cruite
Populated place
South side of the island
South side of the island
Cruit Island is located in Ireland
Cruit Island
Cruit Island
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 55°01′53″N 8°25′03″W / 55.031268°N 8.417521°W / 55.031268; -8.417521Coordinates: 55°01′53″N 8°25′03″W / 55.031268°N 8.417521°W / 55.031268; -8.417521
Country Ireland
Province Ulster
County County Donegal
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference B847228

Cruit Island (Irish: An Chruit or Oileán na Cruite) is a small inhabited island in the Rosses region of County Donegal, Ireland. It is linked to the mainland by bridge.

Culture[edit]

Cruit Island has a strong musical heritage. Local musician Seán McBride wrote the famous Irish ballad "The Homes of Donegal" in 1955.[1] The song "Thíos Cois na Trá Domh" originates from the island and remains a very popular song in the Donegal Gaeltacht to this day.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 258 —    
1851 252 −2.3%
1861 260 +3.2%
1871 273 +5.0%
1881 286 +4.8%
1891 252 −11.9%
1901 245 −2.8%
1911 255 +4.1%
Year Pop. ±%
1926 237 −7.1%
1936 279 +17.7%
1946 172 −38.4%
1951 151 −12.2%
1956 135 −10.6%
1961 107 −20.7%
1966 86 −19.6%
1971 69 −19.8%
Year Pop. ±%
1979 84 +21.7%
1981 83 −1.2%
1986 89 +7.2%
1991 77 −13.5%
1996 70 −9.1%
2002 61 −12.9%
2006 53 −13.1%
Source: Central Statistics Office. "CNA17: Population by Off Shore Island, Sex and Year". CSO.ie. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 

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