11 Facts About Aran Islands


Enda of Aran Islands founded the Killeany monastery in Inishmore, AD 490.

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Aran Islands were briefly captured and held by Jacobite privateer Thomas Vaughan in 1693, whose crew plundered Protestant settlements there.

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Typical clothing for an Aran Islands man was homespun trousers and waistcoats made of grey or light-brown tweed; for women, a calf-length woven skirt along with a knitted sweater was worn.

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Aran Islands' geology is mainly karst limestone, related to the Burren in County Clare, not the granites of Connemara to the north.

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The result is that the Aran Islands are one of the finest examples of a Glacio-Karst landscape in the world.

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Enda of Aran Islands founded the first true Irish monastery near Killeany.

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Aran Islands were first populated in larger numbers probably at the time of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in the mid-17th century, when the Catholic population of Ireland had the choice of going "to hell or to Connacht".

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Aran Islands are an official Gaeltacht, which gives full official status to Irish as the medium of all official services, including education.

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Aer Arann Islands operates an air service from Inverin to Inishmore Airport, which has a connecting bus from Galway city.

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John Millington Synge's The Aran Islands is a work that straddles these first two modes, being both a personal account and an attempt at preserving information about the pre- literate Aran culture in literary form.

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Indeed, the Aran Islands fishermen are said to not learn to swim, since they would certainly not survive any sea that swamped a currach, so it would be better to drown quickly.

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