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Aran Islands

The Aran Islands are three islands located at the mouth of Galway Bay. The islands are:

  • Inis Mór
  • Inis Meáin
  • Inis Óirr

The names are Irish for 'the big island', 'the middle island', 'the south island' respectivly. Irish is the spoken language on all three islands, but the islanders will happily converse in English with visitors.

(Things to write about: Currachs, Robert J. Flaherty's 1934 classic documentary Man of Aran, Aran Sweater, poet Martin O'Direan (sp?) )

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1 Getting There

Inis Mór

This is the largest island with a population of 1,281 (source: Census 2002 [1] (http://www.cso.ie/census/about.htm)). Kilronan is the main village of the island.

Main attractions: Dún Aengus.

Inis Meáin

Despite not being the smallest island, it is the least populated and least tourist orientated island.

Inis Óirr

The smallest island. Ferry service from both Rossaveal and Doolin.

Getting There

There is currently no direct service form Galway city. A ferry service operates from Rossaveal and an air service is available from Inverin. Buses are available from Galway for air service and ferry.

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