Inishbofin, County Donegal

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Inishbofin
Native name: Inis Bó Finne
Inishbofin is located in island of Ireland
Inishbofin
Inishbofin
Geography
Location Atlantic Ocean
Coordinates 55°10′23″N 8°10′08″W / 55.17306°N 8.16889°W / 55.17306; -8.16889Coordinates: 55°10′23″N 8°10′08″W / 55.17306°N 8.16889°W / 55.17306; -8.16889
Area 1.2 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Administration
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Demographics
Population 11 (2011)

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow) is an island off the coast of Machaire Uí Rabhartaigh (Magheraroarty), County Donegal, Ireland.

Geography[edit]

Inishbofin as seen from Machaire Rabhartaigh, with Tory Island visible in the distance, October 2011.
Inishbofin as seen from Toraigh

It is a 120-hectare (300 acre) land mass long known as a fishing and farming village, a place where generations of inhabitants have spoken Irish. The current population numbers about 36.[1] There are no pubs or shops on the island. There is a boat service to and from it but no regular ferry.

It is the largest of a small group of islands; the others, Inis Dúiche and Inis Beag, lie to the north and are uninhabited.

Demographics[edit]

Inishbofin's population dropped in 110 years from 150 (1901) to 11 (2011).

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1841 121 —    
1851 122 +0.8%
1861 150 +23.0%
1871 125 −16.7%
1881 139 +11.2%
1891 146 +5.0%
1901 150 +2.7%
1911 166 +10.7%
Year Pop. ±%
1926 136 −18.1%
1936 138 +1.5%
1946 139 +0.7%
1951 120 −13.7%
1956 102 −15.0%
1961 117 +14.7%
1966 98 −16.2%
1971 103 +5.1%
Year Pop. ±%
1979 69 −33.0%
1981 46 −33.3%
1986 6 −87.0%
1991 3 −50.0%
1996 24 +700.0%
2002 16 −33.3%
2006 36 +125.0%
2011 11 −69.4%
Source: Central Statistics Office. "CNA17: Population by Off Shore Island, Sex and Year". CSO.ie. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 

The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Census data in Ireland before 1841 were not complete and/or reliable.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Islands - facts and figures from Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann[dead link]

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