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Inis Oírr

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Inis Óirr, frequently called Inisheer, is the smallest and southernmost of the Aran Islands in County Galway, West Ireland. It is easily visible from the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.


  • While many people go there for a traditional Irish "session" anti-social behaviour is not tolerated. Should such occur, the locals, who are generally hospitable and welcoming, will not hesitate to call the Gardaí (Irish Police Force) from the mainland to come over and sort out the unruly. Remember, Inis Óirr is close to the mainland.
  • Some people are under the impression that since Inis Óirr is isolated, closing times for pubs does not apply. This is not true, and though they may stay open longer than a mainland pub, you will not get served into the early hours. Reason being is that a plain clothes member of the Irish Police Force could be around.

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Get around[edit]

Walking is the ideal way to wander around this island. If pressed for time, however, other options include bicycle hire, pony and trap, or the "wanderly wagon" experience of a tractor and converted trailer that provides a tour: all these are available from pier.


  • The ship, "The Plassey", from the title sequence of Father Ted, a shipwreck from 1960, about 50 minutes walk from the pier.
  • The graveyard, also contains a very old chapel, once run by St Kevin, the older brother of St Kevin of Glendalough.


Near the end of June there is a Bodhran Festival.

In the middle of August an annual Currach Racing festival takes place, which also involves other events such as tug o'war in the sports field.



All the pubs in Inis Óirr do food, with Tigh Ruairí being the favourite of many, with their traditional dinners and lunches.


  • Teach an Tae (Tea House). Traditional baked goods, cups of tea, and fair-trade coffee are served in this 1800s home. You can eat beside the cosy fireplace or relax in the garden with views of the beach and castle. Located centrally, 100 m up from the beach. They also serve ice-cream cones.
  • Fisherman's Cottage Café. Traditional homemade food


They are three pubs which are

  • Óstán Inis Óirr (also a hotel)
  • Tigh Ned's
  • Tigh Ruairí


  • Óstaín Inis Óirr (hotel)
  • Radharc Na Mara Hostel (+353 99 75024)

They are also numerous B&Bs on the island

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