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Reflecting on International Women’s Day, Ireland’s Referendum Day, and the Resilience of Scattery Island Women

Today marks an important day for Ireland, as citizens across the country are called upon to participate in two referendums aimed at shaping the future of our nation. As we step into the polling booths, we carry with us not only the weight of our individual choices but also the collective responsibility to shape the…

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March 8, 2024

The Journey of St. Senan – Rediscovering the Forgotten Footsteps of a Spiritual Luminary

(Written by Morgan Roughan) They used to say that Ireland was “The Land of Saints & Scholars”.  A boast that is accurate as our history in this field of spreading Christianity is unparalleled. We grew up listening to the exploits of St’s Patrick, Brendan the Navigator, Ciaran of Clonmacnoise, Colmcille who fought the Lough Ness…

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May 28, 2023

The story of the first dead buried on Scattery Island

Celtic literature is full of fascinating stories that offer a glimpse into the ancient beliefs and customs of the monks. One such story is entitled “The little boys who went to Heaven” and tells the story of the first dead who were buried on Scattery Island. The story is recorded in early Celtic literature, translated…

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May 13, 2023

Scattery Island: A Haven for Biodiversity and Rural Island Ecology

Scattery Island is a place of exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity. A paradise, where a rich array of flora and fauna flourish. The island is a designated Special Area of Conservation, and because of this, has escaped modern development or commercialization, allowing nature to thrive as intended. It really is the perfect example of how…

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March 14, 2023

Courage and Bravery in the face of the modern day Cathaigh

A well-known figure in Irish folklore, St. Senan is known for his miracles and acts of bravery. One of the most famous legends surrounding St. Senan, is his defeat of the Monster Cathaigh on Scattery Island. The story’s enduring appeal lies in its themes of good versus evil, courage in the face of danger, and…

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February 19, 2023

Celebrating the Women of Scattery Island on International Women’s Day

And they would look out to sea and wait…… Wait for their men to come home from work, piloting ships along the dangerous waters of the Shannon then returning home to the island in their Currachs  (known as canoes ), or seafaring for months or years at a time with the Royal or Merchant Navy….

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March 7, 2022

Walk with nature on Scattery Island

  “For a small island, Scattery Island has quite a range of habitats, that includes salt marsh, coastal gravel banks, grassland, and scrub. These habitats support a variety of plants, birds and animals. While what follows is not an exhaustive list of species, I hope that it may be enough to whet your appetite and…

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February 13, 2021

Tell us your Story…

Storytelling is truly living history.  I love listening to my Dad tell me stories of his time on Scattery Island.  He brings it alive, the characters, the whipping wind across the waves and the image of sitting in front of a crackling fire. What stories would you tell about this time we are living in? …

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February 9, 2021

Remembering Christmas on Scattery Island…

Christmas will be very different this year – for everyone.  It’s feels like an appropriate year to look back and remember that Christmas wasn’t always about frenzied shopping for gifts, the over indulgent treats and ‘Christmas FM’ blasting out festive tune on the radio as we race around doing all those last little jobs in…

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December 22, 2020

Local communities brimming with local Saints…

Have you noticed Social Media has changed over the past week, facebook and Instagram have become a lot less “this is what I do” and a lot “more what can we do for you?” Communities are pulling together in ways not seen for decades. In Kilrush Offers from our local stores to deliver ready meals,…

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March 19, 2020

From farmers son to Saint… How did St. Senan create a following centuries ago?

Saint Senan (c. 488-544)   As we flick through social media and absorb stories about celebrities and news from around the globe in an instant, try to imagine what it was like in the years around   488-544, when a young man was born, near Kilimer in County Clare.     Just how extraordinary did one…

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March 6, 2020

Our Great Island Experience in Co. Clare’s Wild Atlantic Way

We often get asked.. “but what will I do on an uninhabited island for five hours?!!”… So we thought we’d share some tips on the best way to enjoy Scattery Island and our new Great Island Experience Tour. But first off.. lets dispense with some of the fearful myths!.. “Yes”… there is 4G on the island…

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May 26, 2019