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What is it really like to live on an Irish island?


by Caitríona McBride
21st Mar 2023

Cape Clear Island,Co Cork,Ireland

Niamh Ní Dhrisceoil is delighted to be from West Cork’s sublime coast, or as she puts it, “lucky to be Irish, blessed to be from Cork, but by the grace of God from Cape Clear.” But what it is really like to be an islander and live in a community of 130 people?

Over the past few weeks as we have watched the undulating shades of green shimmer from tiny Irish villages to Hollywood heights, we are reminded how this small and cosmic, historically traumatised, beautiful island has bloomed with a complex, gorgeous gossamer worldwide.  But what about being an Irish islander? What is it like to actually live like a Colin Farrell or Brendan Gleeson character in a real life “Banshees of Inisherin”? We on “the mainland”...

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