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Clare Island - Ireland Highlights:
Bog flora & fauna, megalithic tomb, 12th century Cistercian Abbey
Located off the West Coast of Ireland, Clare Island is the largest and the highest island among the 365 islands of Clew Bay. It is 3.5 miles from the nearest mainland harbour and has a population of about 160 people. Its western cliffs are among the most dramatic on Ireland's north-west coast, and the landward view is dominated by the peak of Ireland's best-known pilgrimage mountains Croagh Patrick.

Clare Island is home to some excellent bog flora & fauna but it has also supported a human population of considerable size for the last 5.000 years. A megalithic tomb, ten promontory forts, iron age huts, and field systems, over 45 Fulachta fiadh (bronze age cooking sites), are all readily accessible to those seeking a rich archeological history. It was also the stronghold of the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley who lived by her family trade of piracy and plunder in a 15th century castle. She is buried in the 12th century Cistercian Abbey remarkable for its amazing wall paintings. There is also 200year old lighthouse and a 19th century Napoleonic signal tower.

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