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Samphire Island
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Great Samphire Island is a small rock in Tralee Bay around which is built the harbour and port of Fenit.

Great Samphire Island is a small rock in Tralee Bay around which is built the harbour and port of Fenit. In 1851 a lighthouse was built on the little Samphire island, with the addition of a large bronze sculpture of Saint Brendan in 2004. This island has been utilised as part of the port development and its name of 'Great Samphire Island' appears to refer to the height when compared to its much flatter twin Little Samphire Island. 'Samphire' is a small flowering plant used in cookery and lends its name to the twin islands in the bay.

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