Island Roy / Oileán Ruaidh

Island Roy / Oileán Ruaidh to be twinned with Mars.

A Donegal island is to be linked to the Red Planet
An island in County Donegal is to be twinned with Mars in order to raise awareness of climate change.
Island Roy / Oilean Ruaidh in Mulroy Bay will be linked with an island outcrop on the Red planet.

The unusual move was suggested by a group of artists asked by Donegal County Council to explore art’s role in addressing issues of global warming.

The Council’s Public Arts Manager, Terri Duffy, said it would act as an “attention-grabbing wake-up call”.

“I know it’s a bit ‘out there’ but it is taking a very serious look at the relationship of art and climate change.

“Some people feel the earth is becoming more Mars like due to the effects of global warming.

“The artists want to show what’s happening on Mars does relate to what’s happening in Letterkenny,” she said.

He suggested that the island on Mars be twinned with the tiny Island Roy in Mulroy Bay as, he said, the name was a loose English translation of its native Irish name of Oileán Ruadh or Red Island.

“The small community on Island Roy would be very happy if they were to be twinned with another island on Mars,” Cllr McBride said.

Mary Doherty, Chairperson of Coiste Forbartha Oileán Ruaidh, said that the islanders were delighted to do anything to help address issues of global warming.