Omey Island, Claddaghduff

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Omey Island is a tidal island situated near Claddaghduff on the western edge of Connemara in County Galway, Ireland. From the mainland the island is inconspicuous and almost hidden. It is possible to drive or walk across a large sandy strand to the island by following the arrowed signs. At high tide, the water is deep enough to cover a car.HistoryMonastic heritageIn the early-to-mid-1990s a team of archaeologists from University College Dublin began work to study the monastic heritage of the island, long known for being the site of a monastery and settlement reportedly founded by the prodigious St Feichin. In fact, its name derives from the Irish Iomaidh Feichín meaning Feichín's bed or seat.The excavation gave new insights into the life of early Christianity in Ireland and included one of the few known burials of a woman within a monastic burial ground. The site is believed to date from the early 6th century.The island of Omey remains a place of devotion to Saint Feichín to this day, with a Holy Well situated by the western edge and several other key landmarks of piety. This includes a later medieval parish church - with the majority of its vast stones still very much in place (having been buried in centuries of sand until the parish priest took matters into his own hands and, with the help of locals, dug up the area surrounding it).St Feichín is reported to have established many such communities across the west of Ireland and is considered one of the most important of the early founders of the rich tradition of Irish Christianity.
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  • On the recommendation of our B & B hosts, we went at low tide on the island. First, we over wanted to run, then we decided to go. When can you go ever on an Island Beach, where else is the sea. On the island we have wandered still something on the coast along and back then because of the flood. A very nice us mostly abandoned island. Definitely worth a visit.
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  • Truly unique experience: with the decline of the sea, we crossed the beach until you reach the island, but we were incredulous at the street signs planted in the sand in a surreal and other details that only by living the thing, you can profit from. In particular, the last stretch of the route, the car seemed almost to be brought from the Sea (not retiring at all) with left the ocean and on the right the rocks. Crazy!!
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  • After checking the tide charts to make sure you can get back take the drive out to see a bit of the real Ireland. No stores or gas stations drive through the ocean not over on a bridge. William &Colle...  more »