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Inishbofin Island (Inis Bó Finne) - Galway
Inishbofin Island, Co. Galway
For over 6,000 years Inishbofin Island, 11km of the Galway coast, has been favoured by fishermen, farmers, exiled monks and fugitive pirates; and more recently is home to some of the best traditional Irish music and craic you are likely to find.

The island is renowned for its white sandy beaches, rare flora and fauna and magnificent scenery and is an inspirational haven for artists, musicians and photographers.

Iron Age promontory forts dot the cliffs, early Christian and medieval monastic remains tell the tale of St Colman and St Leo, 16th Century strongholds whisper of pirates Don Bosco and Granuaile and the remains of a 17th Century barracks cry out for the Catholic clergy once imprisoned here.

Today, Inishbofin has become an important centre for traditional Irish music and song, boasting its own Ceilí band and local contemporary musicians. The island plays host to many visiting musicians and artists who come to Inishbofin for its renowned music sessions.

Inishbofin is a breeding area for many species of birds such as the endangered corncrake. For the adventurous there are exciting mountain walks, hill climbing and excellent shore angling.

The local Heritage Museum sheds light on local history with accounts of island life in times past and information on the many archaeological sites. For those tracing ancestral roots, visitors can also access a genealogical database of the people of the island.

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Offshore,Co Galway
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