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Inis Meáin

Inis Meáin is the middle island between Inis Mór and Inis Oirr. Its approx. 5km long and 2.5km wide. Pop. approx. 225 people.

Inis Meáin has two main pubs, which usually provide traditional music during the summer months. There are various festivals during the summer the hooker(as in the traditional sail boat) festival is run in June, the synge weekend which run on the first weekend in August.

Historical Sites and Sites of Interest

Dún Fearbhaí:
This stone fort of the 1st-7th ceturies A.D., or perhaps earlier, is an unusual in being almost square, instead of circular. The terraces allong the inside of the walls may have been for defenders to look over or for some ceremonial porpose. It is easy to climb on top of the wall, and worth it for the fine view of the low-lying northern part of the island.

Dún Chonchúir:
This is a large oval fort dating around 1st-7th Century A.D. Built by Conchúir brother of Aengus of the Fir Bolg. Built on a high point of the island the view here is magnificent.

Cill Cheannannach:
The name may mean "church of Canons" or may refer to St. Gregory "Chennfhionnadh", the fair-headed. The church is a typical 8th-9th century stone building, and is complete except for the roof, which must have been wood framed. It is surrounded by grave slabs and it was here that the island burried its poeple until fifty years ago. Cathaoir Synge (Synge's Chair); This was the writer John Millington Synge spent many a day writing. It has supperb views across the sound to the cliffs on the south east corner of Inis Mór, and the big seas rolling in from America.

Teampall na Seacht Mac Rí:
(Church of the seven sons) Very little remains of this early church. By the south door is the grave of Saint Cinndearg. Nearby is the holy well Tobar Chinndeirge. This used to be a famous place of pilgrimage for all of Connacht. Stations are still held here on the 15th of August.

Uamhain Ghióra:
(Gregory's cave)Located on the beach facing the island of Inis Mór, the sea between Inis Meáin and Inis Mór is known as Gregory's sound. Legend has it that St. Gregory spent a lot of time in this cave.

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