Inishbiggle

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Inishbiggle
Native name: Inis Bigil
Inishbiggle is located in island of Ireland
Inishbiggle
Inishbiggle
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 53°59′45″N 9°54′15″W / 53.99583°N 9.90417°W / 53.99583; -9.90417Coordinates: 53°59′45″N 9°54′15″W / 53.99583°N 9.90417°W / 53.99583; -9.90417
Administration
Province Connacht
County Mayo
Demographics
Population 39

Inishbiggle (Inis Bigil in Irish) is a small inhabited island off the coast of Ballycroy in Co. Mayo. Its name in Irish means "Island of Fasting."

Geography[edit]

The island is situated between the northeast of Achill Island and the mainland, and is accessed by boat from either Doran's point at Ballycroy or Bullsmouth, Dooniver on Achill Island.The island is 2½ km x 1½ km, or 650 acres (2.6 km2) in area.

Description[edit]

The main activities are sheep and cattle farming, fishing and winkle picking. Facilities on the island included a school and a post office, both now closed. Plans to build a cable-car link across the very dangerous Bullsmouth Channel, one of the strongest currents in Europe separating the island from Achill had been under discussion since 1996, but have now been abandoned due to the high cost and the money was given towards the Achill bridge redevelopment. Unpredictable currents in the channel during winter months can render the island inaccessible, even though the passage during fair weather is about ten minutes in the traditional boat, the currach. Emergency access is by helicopter.

The population is now down to a few dozen, almost all elderly. All speak Irish Gaelic as their first and community language.

Demographics[edit]

The table below reports data on Inishbiggle's population taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland.

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 67 —    
1851 61 −9.0%
1861 0 −100.0%
1871 154 +inf%
1881 171 +11.0%
1891 135 −21.1%
1901 135 +0.0%
1911 149 +10.4%
Year Pop. ±%
1926 162 +8.7%
1936 157 −3.1%
1946 106 −32.5%
1951 123 +16.0%
1956 116 −5.7%
1961 113 −2.6%
1966 103 −8.8%
1971 112 +8.7%
Year Pop. ±%
1979 97 −13.4%
1981 89 −8.2%
1986 69 −22.5%
1991 51 −26.1%
1996 48 −5.9%
2002 39 −18.8%
2006 24 −38.5%
2011 25 +4.2%
Source: Central Statistics Office. "CNA17: Population by Off Shore Island, Sex and Year". irishislands.info. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 

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