Ireland: Achill Island

Father Ted’s “Craggy Island” wasn’t based upon Achill Island or the Aran Islands or indeed any of the other islands that lie off the west coast of Ireland. Craggy Island was the result of an island people, located off the west coast of another island which itself was located off the coast of Europe – imagining that the only thing that could be worse, would be living on yet another island that was beyond, and set apart from, all of these other preceding islands.

My visit to the west of Ireland in August and September 2010, did involve a single night spent on Achill Island, and what a great night it was. There was Caint (talk), Craic (fun) and Ceol (music). I was born and raised in Dublin. To me, Achill Island, Staten Island and Canvey Island were all one in the same, except that there were only two possible reasons why anyone would go the Achill: 1 – For Money and 2 – As Punishment. I was assured by those who knew, that the only natural entity that voluntarily went to Achill was a storm.

Well I have to admit, I didn’t really plan on going there. I drove from County Galway, up through Country Mayo and found myself at a short, modern bridge over a body of water called Achill Sound and decided to drive over it – and here is what I found.

Achill is the largest island off coast of Ireland. There are 2,700 people living on island with an area of 57 square miles. Achill was massively impacted by the famine of 1845

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