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Oileán Ruaidh

Is oileán beag é Oileán Ruaidh ata suite i gCuan na Maoile Ruaidhe.

Níl sé cosiúil le hoileáin eile sa mhéid agus go bhfuil sé ina luí i gcaolas atá i bhfad ón fharraige mhór.

Tá cosán nádurtha idir an t-oileán agus an tír mór agus nochtar é naur a bhíonn lag trá ann. Tá an t-oileán suite i nGaeltachta Rós Guill agus tugann bunadh an oileáin cuireadh duit teacht agus cuid dá gcultúr a

Bhlaiseadh agus do scríste a dhéánamh ina measc.

Island Roy

Island Roy is a tiny island in Mulroy Bay inhabited by a small Irish-speaking community. Unusually, it is located in a fjörd-like bay and is far from the open sea. It is connected to the mainland by a tidal causeway and is quite some distance from other Irish-speaking areas in Donegal…but the islanders revel in these distinctions and invite you to sample their Gaelic culture and get away from it all!

History

The island is a lowlying sandy eminence of 100 acres. It has green fields, rocky shores and wild landscapes with breath-taking views of the surrounding Donegal coastline and hills.

It is situated some three and a half miles from the mainland village of Downings (Na Dúnaibh - 'the dunes' on the Rosguill peninsula. It is was formerly known as Oileán an Bhráighe, meaning 'island of the prisioners,' after its former links with nearby Doe Castle.

The name Oileán Ruaidh means 'red island,' so called for the vibrant rusty colour of its vegetation in winter. The English name, 'Island Roy,' is just a phonetic rendering penned hastily by Ordnance Survey mappers in the 19th century.