Inishdooey Island An Irish Bargain

Sep 21, 2014 by

Inishdooey Island, three miles off the northern coast of Donegal, shows that you don’t need to be a celebrity to own a private island.

The original asking price for Inishdooey Island (Inis Dhubhnach) was around a million dollars, a bit steep for a location that can only be reached by boat or helicopter, and even then only in good weather.  The owner has now reduced the price to £140, ooo, or about $230,000, depending on exchange rates.  That price is practically a steal in today’s economy, especially when you consider that the island offers 94 acres of beautiful, unspoiled Irish land, the ruins of an ancient monastery and numerous caves to explore.

 

 

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Inishdooey Island, which lies of the coast of Donegal in Ireland. Image: Vladi Private Islands

The island’s name comes from Saint Dubhthach, a 6th century saint who was the ninth Bishop of Armagh and allegedly the driving force behind the monastic settlement built on the island.  Although Dubthach is referred to as saint in the Annals of the Four Masters, a medieval text of Irish history, his feast or veneration day is not noted and there is little information about his life.  All that remains of the monks’ settlement on Inishdooey Island are the ruins of stone walls , a few small huts and a small stone church.

 

 

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The remains of a monastic settlement on Inishdooey Island. Image: PBBase, Roger Curry

 

 

Inishdooey Island is part of a string of four islands called the Donegal Archipelago, which includes Tory Island, Inishboffin and Inishbeg.   Here’s a video tour of Inishdooey Island via kayak–note how clear and blue the water is in some of the caves, almost like a Caribbean or Mediterranean island:

 

 

According to the island’s owner, Mark McClafferty, it will probably cost around $300,000 to build a home on Inishdooey, mostly because all the materials will have to be flown or ferried in to the island. National Parks and Wildlife Service Regional Manager, Dave Duggan, however, told the Donegal News that Inishdooey Island is best suited as a haven for nature conservation:

“From a nature conservation point of view it is a fine island.
“It is designated under a number of habitat directives – SAC, SPA – which would make the chance of getting planning permission to build on the island practically zero.”

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Wildflowers and blue waters on Inishdooey Island  Image: Vladi Private Islands

Well, even if you can’t build on Inishdooey Island, you would have the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase was a positive step in preserving wild Ireland.

Plus, you could always lead nature tours of your very own Irish island!

 

 

 

For more photos of Inishdooey Island, see Roger Curry’s gallery of the island HERE.

More videos of the island are available HERE and HERE.

 

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We Are HAPPY In The Celtic Realm!

Apr 13, 2014 by

 

Clap along if you’ve heard American singer Pharrell Williams‘ tune Happy, from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack album, a pop song that has become a huge success here in the US and internationally.   The song is written, produced and performed by Williams and has spawned more than 1000 covers on YouTube from cities around the globe, where happy locals dance along to the extremely catchy song.   There’s a multitude of happy people in the Celtic realm, and they’ve posted their own videos to prove it.  In fact, Oprah Winfrey will feature a Happy Donegal video in an upcoming special show ( Sunday night, 04/13/2014) with Pharrell Williams, a  decision sure to please the Donegal tourism board.

So, get your dancing shoes on and clap along–I guarantee you won’t be able to sit still–with the happy Celts in these fun videos.

Sebastian, from the travel site OffthePath.com, dons his kilt and dances through the streets of one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, Scotland.  He’s also the very first video Kilted Hottie of the Day on the WESC Facebook page.

 

 

How about clapping along with a few happy Dubliners?

 

 

Dancing kilts in Glasgow makes me HAPPY!

 

 

Beautiful Celtic Brittany is so happy in Lorient!

 

 

Here’s the Donegal video Oprah will feature on her show.  *Trivia: can you identify the guitar player statue seen in this video?

 

Still need to dance?  Click HERE to find other cities who want to share their happiness with you, including Cork and Galway.  I didn’t find a Welsh city, but I’m sure they’re happy, too.

 

* The life-sized bronze statue is of Rory Gallagher, a famous blues-rock musician born in Ballyshannon, Donegal.  The statue is in the town square;  Ballyshannon holds an annual Blues Festival in Rory’s honor.

 

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