Would You Live on an Irish Island? (#710)

In this episode of the Letter from Ireland Podcast we visit the beautiful islands off the west coast of Ireland. For many centuries, these islands grew in population as the natives of Ireland were forced off good land on the mainland wandering even further westwards until they arrived at the sea. The islands offshore were the only option left.

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Would You Live on an Irish Island? (#710)

Today we visit the beautiful islands off the west coast of Ireland. For many centuries, these islands grew in population as the natives of Ireland were forced off good land on the mainland wandering even further westwards until they arrived at the sea. The islands offshore were the only option left.

The islanders had an isolated and hard life, but this isolation also brought about a unique sense of community and many islands became places that preserved ancient Irish traditions in song and culture.

Depopulation started to occur in the mid 20th century to the point where many islands have no full-time residents today – but, at the same time tourism brought about a rebirth of sorts. Will the availability of broadband lead to a gradual repopulation of many of these beautiful places into the future? Would you live on an Irish island?

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  • lisa molloy says:

    I have just finished reading THE COLONY by Audry Magee. It’s a fascinating read set on an unnamed Irish island in the time of the troubles. I thought others might enjoy it!

    https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/fiction/The-Colony-Audrey-Magee-9780571367597

    Thank you for your weekly Letter from Ireland. I have been receiving it for a few years now. Always an enjoyable read.