Old house and 9 Acres of land on Inishkea South (Island) which is accessible by boat from Blacksod pier. The house is in need of complete renovation and is located close to the pier on the island. Below is some information and a brief history on the Inishkea Islands.
The Inishkea Islands (Goose Islands, Irish: Inis GÃ©) are situated off the coast of the Mullet peninsula in the barony of Erris. There are two main islands - Inishkea North and Inishkea South. The islands lie between Inishglora to their north and Duvillaun to their south, off the Mullet's west coast and offer some protection to the mainland coast from the power of the eastern Atlantic Ocean. The underlying rock of the Inishkea Island is that of gneiss and schist, the same as that on the Mullet Peninsula. The islands are relatively low lying and are covered in machair. Fine white sand is found everywhere, often blown into drifts by the strong winds especially along the beach beside the harbour where it fills the houses of the abandoned village. The sea surrounding the islands is crystal clear. The inhabitants of both Inishkea North and South left the islands in the 1930s after most of their men died at sea in a storm.
History of the Inishkea Islands
The islands are little known outside of the local area but are well known by fishermen who use the island harbour regularly. There are regular trips from Falmore on the mainland to the islands when weather permits and after a trip taking about half-an-hour, the boat ties up at the pier right beside the pure white sandy beach lined with little ruined cottages, some of them with slate and galvanised roofs and in habitable condition (these being used by surveyors etc. doing work on the islands). Sand has taken its toll on most of the buildings with the floors covered in several feet of white sand blown in from the beach. The island is inhabited by donkeys and many sheep.
The earliest evidence of settlement on the island goes back at least 5,000 years and the islands have numerous archaeological sites from the ...