Aran Island, Galway, Ireland

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At first glance, the Island of Aran seems to be uninteresting. The population is small and houses are few and far from each other.

The main industry is tourism and fishing, when the waters are calm.

We took a ferry from the port in Galway and spent almost about a day there. We hiked the fort of Dun Aonghasa and ruins of old churches. There were no trees for shade, except for a tiny old cottage which serves as a restaurant. We had a Spartan meal of soup and bread.

Later we spent some time in the small town where I bought an Aran cardigan for my mom.

We left the island by sunset – it was spectacular.

My entry to Sue Llewellyn’s A Word-A-Week Photo Challenge: Arid

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15 Responses to Aran Island, Galway, Ireland

  1. Amy says:

    Beautiful image of the place! I love the angle you took. πŸ™‚

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  2. writenlive says:

    Beautiful. I wonder what the locals think of their small place. Do they want to get away?

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  3. bebs1 says:

    Thank you Dawn.

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  4. bebs1 says:

    Thanks Amy. I wanted to show how hard life must be for the people particularly in Aran. There’s hardly any arable lands. All granite. Although there were some cattle there for dairy am sure.

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  5. bebs1 says:

    The population of the island was old. Most of the young ones leave and never return. There are no jobs for them there except fishing and tourism.

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  6. Sue Slaght says:

    I am struck by the perseverance of the plants squeezing out of the cracks.

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  7. writenlive says:

    Yes, that is what happens when enough employment opportunities are not created. Yet, when an attempt is made, there is enough hue and cry about how traditional ways are spoiled and modernisation brings in a bad influencel

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  8. bebs1 says:

    The cracks serves as drainage. They have very thin top soil over the rocks so the plants grow in between. There were plenty of wild flowers which softens the otherwise bleak view of the island.

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  9. bebs1 says:

    I don’t know of any industry that would thrive well in Aran. There’s not enough people to maintain a full-pledge restaurant and not enough young blood as they leave as soon as they come of age. I think the islands will one day be classified as a Unesco Heritage Site because it’s been left behind by the times.

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  10. writenlive says:

    Oh! Thanks for letting me know more about Aran. I hope the culture and quaintness is preserved, through whatever means.

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  11. Capt Jill says:

    nice shot, I never really thought of Ireland as arid. πŸ˜‰

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  12. bebs1 says:

    Only because Aran has karst limestones underneath the thin top soil. Here’s a paragraph from Wikipedia describing the lives of those who fled the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland: Many fled to the numerous islands off the west coast of Ireland where they adapted themselves to the raw climatic conditions, developing a survival system of total self-sufficiency. Their methods included mixing layers of sand and seaweed on top of rocks to create fertile soil, a technique used to grow potatoes and other vegetables.[5] The same seaweed method also provided grazing grass within stone-wall enclosures for cattle and sheep, which in turn provided wool and yarn to make handwoven trousers, skirts and jackets, hand-knitted sweaters, shawls, caps, and hide shoes. The islanders also constructed unique boats for fishing, building their thatched cottages from the materials available or trading with the mainland.

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  13. Capt Jill says:

    yes, it’s a beautiful but rugged place, I think the people are that way too. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing.

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  14. bebs1 says:

    I bet they are Capt Jill. Sturdy and hardworking.

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