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Inishkea Island South

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Inishkea South is an island which lies off the west coast of the Mullet peninsula in County Mayo in the west of Ireland. It affords an anchorage for vessels in fine weather, but the holding ground is not good. It can be distinguished by a round grassy hill with a flag-staff and a beacon on it, and it has outlying rocks extending for half a mile to the southward of it.

Tolerable shelter from south through west to north can be found at the anchorage to the north of Rusheen Island, and the access is straightforward.



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Keyfacts for Inishkea Island South
Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.


Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Slipway available

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Protected sectors

Current wind over the protected quadrants
Now Force

Summary* Restrictions apply

A tolerable location with straightforward access.

LWS draught

3 metres (9.84 feet).

Today's tide estimates

LW 03:34 (0.1m) HW 09:59 (3.9m)
LW 15:55 (0.6m) HW 22:25 (3.9m)
We are now on Neaps

Swell today




Approaches
4 stars: Straightforward; when unaffected by weather from difficult quadrants or tidal consideration, no overly complex dangers.
Shelter
3 stars: Tolerable; in suitable conditions a vessel may be left unwatched and an overnight stay.


Considerations
Restriction: shallow, drying or partially drying pier


Nature
No fees for anchoring or berthing in this locationAnchoring locationBeach or shoreline landing from a tenderRemote or quiet secluded locationScenic location or scenic location in the immediate vicinityHistoric, geographic or culturally significant location; or in the immediate vicinity
Facilities
Slipway available

Last modified
May 30th 2017; suggest a correction?

Position and approaches
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Haven position

54° 7.278' N, 010° 12.049' W

this is the position at the anchorage in the bay north of Rusheen islet.

What is the initial fix?

The following Inishkea Islands initial fix. will set up a final approach:
54° 3.299' N, 010° 13.920' W
this is the position in the North Atlantic Ocean midway between Inishkea South and Saddle Head.



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Try our Advanced Havens Search tool to find locations with the specific attributes you need, or click the 'Next', coastal clockwise, or 'Previous', coastal anti-clockwise, buttons to progress through neighbouring havens. Below are the ten nearest havens to Inishkea Island South for your convenience.
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Blacksod Bay - 3.2 miles ESE
  2. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 5.1 miles NNE
  3. Keem Bay - 5.9 miles S
  4. Keel Bay - 6.3 miles SSE
  5. Broadhaven Bay - 8.3 miles NE
  6. Ross Port - 10.5 miles NE
  7. Portacloy Bay - 12.1 miles NE
  8. Porturlin Bay - 13 miles NE
  9. Clare Island - 13.1 miles SSE
  10. Inishturk - 15.7 miles S
Ten nearest havens by straight line distance
  1. Blacksod Bay - 3.2 miles ESE
  2. Frenchport (Portnafrankagh) - 5.1 miles NNE
  3. Keem Bay - 5.9 miles S
  4. Keel Bay - 6.3 miles SSE
  5. Broadhaven Bay - 8.3 miles NE
  6. Ross Port - 10.5 miles NE
  7. Portacloy Bay - 12.1 miles NE
  8. Porturlin Bay - 13 miles NE
  9. Clare Island - 13.1 miles SSE
  10. Inishturk - 15.7 miles S
Alternatively the above can be ordered by compass direction or coastal sequence


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Route location The 'Slyne Head to Erris Head' coastal description provides approach information to the suggested initial fix. Vessels approaching from the south should select the northbound Route location sequenced description; vessels approaching from the north should select the southbound Route location sequence; western approaches may use either description.

The Inishkea Islands are situated in the North Atlantic Ocean approximately 3 miles west of the Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland.

Together with a dozen outlying islets and rocks the two main islands Inishkea North and Inishkea South make up the group. The name Inishkea Islands in Irish Gaelic is Inis Ge meaning “islands of the geese”, but it is thought that originally the name was for Naomh Geidh or Saint Ge. The islands lie between Inishglora to their north and Duvillaun to their south, and they offer some protection to the mainland coast from the power of the Atlantic Ocean.



What's the story here?
Despite their location and extreme exposure, the Inishkea islands North and South were first colonised in Neolithic times, and were then early Christian outposts around the 6th to 9th centuries. The ruins of St. Colmcille's church and some bee-hive cells can be explored on Inishkea North. The first written reference to the islands was a letter from Pope Innocent III appointing a local Bishop in 1198. The islands were re-populated in the 18th century, and there was a thriving and stable Irish community into the mid 20th century who fared relatively well during the mid 19C potato famine as the prevailing westerly winds did not spread the blight offshore, and farming, fishing and salvage from wrecks could provide the islanders with a living.

In the Civil War of 1922/23 the two islands famously took opposing sides with consequences which now appear comical. The North island took the pro-treaty side and the South island took the Republican side, and on one occasion they both formed up on either side of the narrow channel between the two islands and hurled rocks at each other.

The disaster of 1927 dealt a major blow to the Inishkea's and their neightbouring islands. Late October was marked by strong and persistent southwesterly winds, but on the afternoon of the 28th it was calm enough for herring boats to put to sea from several ports. However an intense secondary depression then swept through, producing strong southeasterlies quickly veering north-west and strengthening to severe gale force with steep and confused seas. Many of the boats which were under oars or sail, foundered or were swept helplessly ashore. Forty four young fishermen lost their lives, of which ten were from the Inishkea's, and fishing being a family business many were related. The communities never recovered and shortly after in the early 1930's the inhabitants of both North and South Inishkea left the islands.

Today the islands are mainly used for grazing and are a major breeding ground for Atlantic seals and colonies of sea birds. The derelict cottages still stand, some of them being renovated for holiday homes, or as summer fishing bases. The islands are little known outside the local area but are well known by fishermen who regularly use the island's harbour.

The Inishkea's are relatively low lying islands, and their landscape is covered with machair (grasses, heathers and heath) and fine white sand that is often blown in drifts by the strong winds, especially along the beach on the South island beside the harbour where it drifts and fills the houses of the abandoned village with their floors covered in several feet of the sand. With their sandy beaches, the landscape dominated by machair, and the oceanic environment, the Inishkea's much resemble the islands of the Outer Hebrides. The South island is perhaps the more attractive and has the advantage of a sheltered beach landing place below the ruins of the abandoned village beside a stone pier. Good reliable water can usually be had in a small well 100 metres south of the pier just above the first beach where the sand meets the grass. There are no other facilities available.

The North island is separated from the South by a narrow sound, and its most visible feature is a huge burial mound just east of the old village at the south eastern tip, its humpbacked shape is dominant from most angles. The dead of both islands were buried on North island. The best spot for a beach landing is in the rounded bay in the southeast below the abandoned village, but there are other spots at various beaches around the island and one just short of the northern tip is where a seal colony resides. There are no facilities available.

These are outstandingly beautiful and pleasant islands, not to be missed if sailing in the area.


What facilities are available?
there are no facilties available at this location.


With thanks to:
inyourfootsteps.com site research.


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The following videos may be useful to help first time visitors familiarise themselves with Inishkea area.

The following video presents a kayaking trip around the Iniskeas and the Duvillauns.




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