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Sherkin Island, Baltimore

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Sherkin Island, historically called Inisherkin, lies southwest of County Cork in Ireland alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. It had a population of 106 people at the time of the 2006 Census, measures 3mi long by 1.5mi wide. The island has a primary school, two pubs, a hotel, bed and breakfast, community centre, coffee shop and a Roman Catholic church.ClimateSherkin is the second most southerly point of Ireland after Cape Clear. It is said that when the frost covers the lawns of Baltimore just across the bay, the grass remains unfrosted on the island. Like any other coastal part of Ireland, Sherkin can be affected by heavy coastal gales.PopulationSherkin once had a population of around 1,000, which started to decline during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th Century. Now the population is reduced and varies between the summer and the winter months, with increases in summer as people return to holiday houses and tourists arrive. People of a number of different nationalities have settled on Sherkin, including artists, writers, craft workers, musicians, photographers, beekeepers, pilots, cattle farmers, mussel and oyster farmers, biologists, botanists and oceanologists, fishermen and sailors, teachers and doctors, horselovers and strawberry growers.TransportSherkin's ferry boat is named "Mystic Waters", and during the summer it makes ten daily trips from 07:45 to 20:30 on weekdays, from 9:00 on Saturdays and from 10:30 on Sundays. During the winter months the last ferry leaves Baltimore at 17.30, with later ferries on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Fridays.
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  • Fantastic Island for walking or riding a donkey without a saddle . But it is sad to see a few cars on this wonderful place 
  • This a great island to visit for a day trip serviced by ferry from the lovely village of Baltimore. I visited there this summer on a really nice day and it was a wonderful experience. The Ferry trip i...  more »
  • Took the family over to Sherkin by ferry from Baltimore for the afternoon. Lovely small island, with great views of the coast. Nice walks and a couple of quaint places to stop for a beer or a snack.