The Inishkea Islands – Oilean Inis Cé

The History of the Islands

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6 Common Questions about Inishkea:

What are the islands named after? The Islands are believed to be named after a saint that lived on the island in the 5th century called Saint Kea/Kay (Irish: Inis Cé) and that the other belief of the islands being names after Barnacle Geese (Irish: Inis Gé was a mistake!

Which is the biggest island? Inishkea North is the largest island of Inishkea at 350 acres. 

How many people lived on Inishkea? In the late 1800s the islands were home to over 120 people and around 50 families.

When did the islanders leave Inishkea & why? The islanders left Inishkea in the 1930s, following the Inishkea Drowning in 1927 which was one of the reasons the islanders left. They mainly left because life on Inishkea was much harder than on the mainland.

Can I camp on Inishkea? Camping of any sorts is not allowed on either of the Inishkea Islands as the island is privately owned. You must be granted permission to camp in a land owners land.

Where can I find out more? By visiting the islands here

Inishkea South

Inis Cé Theas

Inishkea South (Inis Cé Theas) is the most frequently visited island of Inishkea. It was once home to 22 families and around 80 people.

An Scoil
King’s House
Teach an Rí
Túr Loingseoireachta

Inishkea North

Inis Cé Thuaidh

Inishkea North (Inis Cé Thuaidh) is the largest island of Inishkea and is the less frequently visited island. It was once home to 18 families and around 60 people.

Crucifixion Slab & Monastery
Bailey Mór
19th Century Village
Bhaile ón 19ú haois
Séipéal Naomh Colmcille