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Clare Island

Clare Island

Clare Island lies off the west coast of Ireland at the entrance to Clew Bay.

It is the largest of the island in the bay, comprising of 4,053 acres, it is 5 miles long and 3 miles wide and is dominated by 2 hills, Croaghmore (1520 feet) and Glen Hill (729 feet)

Clare island has a long history of habitation dating back to, at least, 3500 B.C.The island’s undulating landscape is everywhere marked by remains of tillage from pre - famine times when its population reached its greatest number – 1,700 people in 1841. The rich archaeological history of the Clare Island can be viewed in the Iron Age huts and field systems, 10 promontory forts, 45 fulachta fiadh (or burnt mounds) & a 5000 year old court cairn. The Clew Bay Archaeological Trail has signposts to some of these sites.

The New Survey of Clare Island was a unique multidisciplinary project, the overall aim to assess the environmental changes that have taken place over the last hundred years on this island.

 

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