Coney Island, Sligo

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Coney Island or Inishmulclohy, in County Sligo, Ireland, is one of several islands of the same name off the coast of Ireland. It is an island of approximately 400 acres and is named after the vast quantity of rabbits which can be spotted on the island at any time (Coney is an English word for a rabbit or rabbit hair, deriving from the Latin cuniculus, meaning "rabbit").ActivitiesVisitors to Coney Island like to frequent the local pub, spot the faerie ring and Napoleonic star shaped forts, visit Carty’s strand for a swim or walk around the island to spot rabbits or the schoolhouse and other famine structures which remain.FolkloreThere are also stories of faeries, mermaids and spirits on Coney Island, and visitors can try to find the elusive St. Patricks wishing chair, St. Patricks well, the remains of a washed up whale and some fairy forts.In the last century the merchant ship “Arethusa” used to sail between Sligo and New York City. The captain of the ship, observing many rabbits on the New York island, apparently then named Coney Island, New York, after his own Coney Island in Sligo Bay.AccessConey Island is accessible by boat from Rosses Point, or by driving or walking over the causeway, two and a half kilometers across Cummeen Strand, guided by 14 pillars, at low tide. The bollards were constructed in the mid-1800s, lining up with the Black Rock lighthouse, to aid in night time travel across the bay. A spate of drowning tragedies in the 1800s, including that of the then owner of the island, William Dorrin, in 1823, prompted the construction of the bollards.
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  • Coney Island is located off Strandhill Co. Sligo. The island is accessible by land at low tide. Bet that you didn't know that it's more famous namesake in New York was named after this island, by a Sl...  more »
  • Beautiful place to visit, but you can only get there at low tide using the strand ( you drive out on a rocky road that is under water at high tide.) Fun experience and great view. If you are lucky the...  more »
  • We came across it by chance when the tide was out and a friendly local told us that it was safe to drive across. We took the chance and it was a lovely autumn day to view the spectacular island and it...  more »