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Inis Crabhann
Bathing Terrace at Inishcrone - geograph.org.uk - 1054939.jpg
Enniscrone is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°13′00″N 9°06′00″W / 54.2167°N 9.1000°W / 54.2167; -9.1000Coordinates: 54°13′00″N 9°06′00″W / 54.2167°N 9.1000°W / 54.2167; -9.1000
CountyCounty Sligo
 • Total1,156
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceG282303

Enniscrone – also spelt Inniscrone and officially named Inishcrone (Irish: Inis Crabhann)[2] – is a small seaside town in County Sligo, Ireland. Its sandy beach, tourist campsite, and golf course all attract a large number of visitors. The Enniscrone area includes the localities of Muckduff, Lacken, Lacknaslevia, Frankford, Carrowhubbock South and Carrowhubbock North. Recently, local David McGowan has begun construction of a "glamping" village, with the main focus being the Boeing 767 he bought to convert into accommodation.[3]

Enniscrone beach[edit]

Enniscrone strand

Enniscrone's public sandy beach stretches over a long area of shoreline. It is split near the lower part of the village by a small crossable river, and is watched over by lifeguards in the busy summer period.

The 'Valley of Diamonds' is one of the hidden attractions along the beach; it is the largest of volcano-like compositions among the long-grassed sand dunes, the inside of which is a mostly sandy circler-like valley, it is located near the end of the beach. The sand dunes here are fenced off by Sligo County Council as part of their 'Dune Restoration Works Programme'.

New county council restrictions limit road access to the beach, this measure was taken to comply with the regulations for Enniscrone's famous Blue Flag.


The majority of the local population know this village as Enniscrone (Gaeilge: Inis Eascair Abhainn), though many local school teachers and historians use the official name of Inishcrone. Sligo County Council has neglected the official version in favour of 'Enniscrone' which appears on their website and at least one local newspaper does not use the official name. Locally, the road signs are one of the few places "Inniscrone" can be seen.

Up until the late 1970s the name Enniscrone was used by local teachers. It was taught as being a derivative of the Irish "Inis Eascar Abhann" meaning the island on the sandbank in the river.

On May 30, 2006, Google lists only 668 entries for 'Inniscrone', and 862 for 'Inishcrone', while 'Enniscrone' has 212,000 entries. A search restricted to the website of Sligo County Council finds 343 for 'Enniscrone', entry for each of the other terms.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Inniscrone". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Inishcrone/Inis Crabhann
  3. ^ "Quirky Glamping Village - Unique glamping experience". quirkyglamping.town.ie. Retrieved 2016-11-26.

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