Aughinish, County Clare

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Irish: Eachinis
County Clare
Aughinish Tower.JPG
Aughinish Tower
Location: 53°9’47"N, 9°4’18"W
Population: 50
Local Government
Council: Clare

Aughinish (sometimes written as Aughnish) (Eachinis in Irish) is a small island and townland located in Oughtmama parish of the Barony of Burren in County Clare on the south shore of Galway Bay.[1] By road it is seven miles north-west of Kinvarra. The island is approximately two miles wide and a mile from the northernmost tip to the southernmost point and has approximately fifty inhabitants.

The island was originally connected to mainland County Clare, but in 1755 that connection was lost due to the tsunami effect of the massive Portuguese earthquake.[2] The Army built the existing ½-mile causeway[3] to County Galway to service their troops in the Martello Tower constructed on the island after 1811.[4] So to this day, land access to Aughinish, County Clare is still only through County Galway.


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Further reading

  • Glynn, Rose: The Story of Aughinish, 2002. (self-published)

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