Inis Oirr (Inisheer)
Inis Oirr is the smallest of the three Aran Islands (1,400 acres) and is an outdrop of the famous Burren Landscape in Co Clare. Having an abundance of flora, fauna and nesting birds, it is a haven for botanists and nature lovers. The everyday language of the islanders is Irish and their stories and songs enshrine much of Ireland's folklore and ancient culture. Inis Oirr is home to about 300 islanders. It is possible to travel to the island by ferry from Doolin or Ros a Mhil.
Places to visit on Inis Oirr:
Caislean Ui Bhriain and Dun Fhormna:
This is a large three story castle built around 1585 and is thought to have been built by the O'Brien family.
A Small 9th Century church now laying in ruins.
Teampall Chaomhain Caomhan:
The ruins of a church built to honour, Caomhain Caomhan the patron saint of Inissheer. A festival is celebrated on the 14th of June each year in his honour. The church ruins date back to the 12th Century.
Wreck of the Plassey:
Located on Carraig na Finise is the wreck of the cargo vessel "Plassey" which was shipwrecked in the 1960's. The islanders rescued the entire crew from the vessel during storm force weather using Breeches Buoy without the loss of a single sailor. In later years with the strong Atlantic Ocean's waves the wreck thrown up on the rocks well above high tide mark. The National Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin features a large display with pictures taken during the rescue.
Small 9th Century church
Bronze age tumulus (mound) dating from 2000B.C.
The holy well of St.Enda, the patron saint of Inis Oirr, although now is ruins the well is greatly respected by the islanders.
Nice video by Kevin Macleod starring Brendan Gleeson amongst others.