Inishark

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Inishark
Native name:
Inis Airc
Inis Airc Lúnasa 2013.png
Inishark seen from Inishbofin
Inishark is located in island of Ireland
Inishark
Inishark
Geography
LocationAtlantic Ocean
Highest elevation96.6 m (316.9 ft)[1]
Administration
ProvinceConnacht
CountyGalway
Demographics
Population0 (2011)

Inishark or Inishshark (Irish: Inis Airc), sometimes called Shark Island, is a small island neighbouring the larger Inishbofin in County Galway, Ireland.

Overview[edit]

Islands of Connacht

Now uninhabited, the last 23 inhabitants of this former isolated fishing and farming community were evacuated in October 1960;[2] the islanders had been unable to leave for months in winter and the government opted to resettle them on the mainland rather than build an expensive pier on the island.

Like Inishbofin, Inishark is composed almost entirely of Silurian slates and shales, it rises almost to 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.[1]

The documentary film Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin (Inishark, Death of an Island) produced in 2007 by C-Board Films for TG4, told the story of the last years and abandonment of Inishark. Produced and directed by Kieran Concannon, it featured interviews with surviving islanders and archive newsreel footage of the final evacuation.

In 2009, Boston College's Irish Studies program (in cooperation with Irish Film Institute) screened Inis Airc, Bás Oileáin (Inishark, Death of an Island) as part of the Irish Studies Film Series telling the evacuation story from the surviving islanders viewpoint.

History[edit]

The island was occupied for thousands of years and has many Bronze Age sites such as burial grounds and monuments.

The island's patron saint was Leo of Inis Airc, who lived there sometime between the sixth and eighth centuries; the remains of a 19th-century church named after him lie on the island today.[3]

Demographics[edit]

The table below reports data on Inishhark's population taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Census data in Ireland before 1841 are not considered complete and/or reliable.

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1841208—    
1851138−33.7%
1861181+31.2%
187161−66.3%
1881207+239.3%
1891123−40.6%
1901129+4.9%
1911110−14.7%
192672−34.5%
YearPop.±%
193668−5.6%
194667−1.5%
195150−25.4%
195633−34.0%
19610−100.0%
196600.00%
197100.00%
197900.00%
198100.00%
YearPop.±%
198600.00%
199100.00%
1996 00.00%
2002 00.00%
2006 00.00%
2011 00.00%
2016 00.00%
Source: Central Statistics Office. "CNA17: Population by Off Shore Island, Sex and Year". CSO.ie. Retrieved 12 October 2016.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Inishark Island". MountainViews. Ordnance Survey Ireland. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  2. ^ Murphy, Judy. "The Island that Died for Want of a Telephone". The Free Library. Farlex, Inc. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  3. ^ Hoffstot, Daryln (1 August 1999). "Where Legends Outnumber People". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 September 2010.

Media related to Inishark at Wikimedia Commons Coordinates: 53°36′42″N 10°16′58″W / 53.6117°N 10.2828°W / 53.6117; -10.2828