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Achill Island in County Mayo is the largest island off the coast of Ireland, and is situated off the west coast. It has a population of 2,700. Its area is 148 km². Achill is attached to the mainland by Michael Davitt Bridge, between the villages of Gob an Choire and Poll Raithní. A bridge was first completed here in 1887, replaced by another structure in 1949, and subsequently replaced with the current bridge which was completed in 2008. Other centres of population include the villages of Keel, Dooagh, Dumha Éige and Dugort. The parish's main Gaelic football pitch and two secondary schools are on the mainland at Poll Raithní. Early human settlements are believed to have been established on Achill around 3000 BC. A paddle dating from this period was found at the crannóg near Dookinella. The island is 87% peat bog. The parish of Achill also includes the Curraun peninsula. Some of the people of Curraun consider themselves Achill people, and most natives of Achill refer to this area as being "in Achill". There are between 500-600 native Irish speakers in Achill parish. In the summer of 1996, the RNLI decided to station a lifeboat at Kildownet.


"Achill Island" is a book by Theresa McDonald.

  • also known as "Achill Island: archaeology, history, folklore"


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Google previewRomantic Ireland (1913)

Certainly, under any aspect except that of the erection of multitudinous “resort hotels'' and “furnished bungalows,” Achill Island is a wonderful resort for those in need of soothing influences; and, for its natural and unspoiled charms alone, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Historical Archaeology (2002)

by Charles E. Orser Jnr

Achill Island ...

Google previewThe popular encyclopedia; or, 'Conversations Lexicon': [ed. by A. Whitelaw from the Encyclopedia Americana]. (1883)

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ACHILL ISLAND, or Eagle Island, an island on the west coast of Ireland, county Mayo, separated from the mainland of Connaught by a narrow strait called Achill Sound. It is of a triangular shape, its ITcatest length being about 15 miles, ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary (1914)

An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney

Achill Head, Ireland Achill Island, Ireland ..... Achill Sound, Ireland ...

Google previewThe popular Encyclopedia (1897)

A general dictionary of arts, sciences, literature, biography, and history by Charles ANNANDALE

ACHILL ISLAND, or Eagle Island, an island on the west coast of Ireland, county Mayo, separated from the mainland of ...

Google previewCentury Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1897)

Including Atlas of the World and Cyclopedia of Names

A Eagle Island, Ireland (see Achill Island) .............. 79 A )agie Lake, Canada .... ...... 63 J Eagle Lakes, New Brunswick.. 62 A Eagle Mount, Ireland ........ 79 J Eagle Passage, Falkland Is., South America ............. 72 F Eaglestield (village), ...

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