Inisheer

Travel Guide Europe Ireland Aran Islands Inisheer

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Introduction

Inis Óirr, also 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.

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Sights and Activities

  • The ship, "The Plassey", from the title sequence of Father Ted, an old shipwreck (Circa 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.

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Events and Festivals

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.

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Getting There

  • The Doolin Ferry Company operate large passenger ferries from Doolin Pier, Co.Clare.
  • Cliffs of Moher Cruises depart from Doolin Pier, Doolin Co. Clare.
  • O'Brien Line Ferries and Island Ferries operate from Ros an Mhíl, in Connemara with bus connections to Galway City.
  • Cliffs and Aran Cruises run a direct passenger ferry service from Doolin pier, Doolin, County Clare, they also have a trip to see the Cliffs of Moher from sea level.
  • Doolin Ferries run boats from Doolin in County Clare.
  • Aer Árann, flights are available from Minna Airport in Connemara.

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Getting Around

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

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Eat

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

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Drink

They are three pubs which are Óstán Inis Óirr (also a hotel), Tigh Ned's and Tigh Ruairí.

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Sleep

The Aran Islands have plentiful accommodation options that suit any budget All three Islands (Inis Mór Island, Inis Meáin Island, Inis Oírr Island) have high standard Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Hostels as well as Ireland’s newest Glamping & camping facilities. It is wise to book in advance over the summer months.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Public WiFi services are available in many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. They are also available on most Irish long-distance Intercity trains, some commuter trains and buses. Internet cafes are available in major urban areas, but are not as common as they once were, due to the growth of 3G data services and public WiFi. However, you will still find them in areas popular with tourists.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

There are currently four main mobile phone operators dominating the Irish market:

  • Vodafone (prefix 087 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)
  • O2 (prefix 086 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)
  • Meteor (prefix 085 - GSM900/1800)
  • Three (prefix 083 - GSM900/1800 - 3G 2100)

Most European phones and operators will allow you to roam on Irish networks, however you should ensure before arrival that your phone can operate on the GSM900/1800 network and that your service provider has set you up to allow roaming. This is especially true for visitors from outside the Eurozone. You can also buy a cheap prepay SIM card if you have an unlocked handset. This can be considerably cheaper as it means that you will be assigned an Irish number which you can be called at during your trip and your outgoing calls are charged at normal Irish mobile rates.
Pay phones are fairly widely available (but becoming less so) and most take euro coins, prepaid calling cards and major credit cards.
The police service (An Garda Síochána) and fire services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112 on any phone or mobile phone throughout the country.

Post

An Post is the national postal service provider. They're generally open Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm, and smaller post offices would also impose lunch-time closure. Half-day service is available on Saturday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The General Post Office (GPO) on O'Connell Street in Dublin is the main post office in Dublin, and it is open Monday to Saturday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The post offices are closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday. If you want to use private courier services for sending packages you can also use companies like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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