OileŠin: a guide to the Irish islands

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Pesda Press, 2004 - Ireland - 218 pages
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A wealth of information on the wildlife, stories and history of the islands.For those wishing to visit in small boats or kayaks there are details of:? Landings? Camping? Drinking water? Tidal informationOileain is a detailed guide to almost every Irish offshore island. The guide is comprehensive, describing over 300 islands, big and small, far out to sea and close in by the shore, inhabited and uninhabited. Oileain tells it as it is, rock by rock, good and bad, pleasant and otherwise. It concentrates on landings and access generally, then adds information on camping, drinking water, tides, history, climbing, birds, whales, dolphins, legends or anything else of interest.Oileain will, I hope, appeal to all who go to sea in small boats, divers and yachtsmen as well as kayakers. The sheer level of detail contained in Oileain must surely throw new light on places they thought they knew well. It is not a book about kayaking. It so happens that a practical way of getting to islands is by kayak, and that is how the author gets about. Scuba divers and RIBs get in close too. Yachtsmen get about better than most, and they too enjoy exploring intensively from a dinghy. With the increasing availability of ferries, boatless people will also enjoy Oileain. Offshore islands are the last wilderness in Ireland. Hillwaking is now so popular that there are few untrampled mainland hills. Ninety per cent of offshore islands are uninhabited outside of the first fortnight in August, and eighty per cent even then. You won't meet many other people, if any at all, out beyond an Irish surf line. It is a time of change though, and holiday homes are very much the coming thing in some offshore areas. Sea going will never stop being a great adventure. Therefore, offshore islands are still the preserve of the very few. Now is a golden era for exploration.
  

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Contents

The North East
12
West Maiden
20
County Louth
27
The Bill
34
Coal Harbour
41
The South Coast
48
County Cork 62 Inishkeelaghmore
81
Ceann Sibealgo Ceann Bhreanain
99
An tOiledn latharach
116
Connemara South
123
Connemara West
140
the Round of Achill Head
159
33
218
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David Walsh, Ph.D., is the founder & president of the National Institute on Media & the Family, a non-profit organization created to provide research & information about the impact of media products. A psychologist, educator, & parent, he is a frequent guest on radio & television programs as an expert on children & the media & has written several books & many articles on the subject. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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