Erin O'Brien's Author Archive

Old photo of Doolin Pier in 1984

The evolution of Doolin Pier- a bittersweet occasion

New Pier in Doolin Most would say that there isn’t a much better way to celebrate our 45th year of sailing from Doolin to the Aran Islands. Tomorrow, Friday, June 19th will see the Official opening of the highly anticipated and brand new Doolin Pier.  To mark this tremendous occasion Cathaoirleach John Crowe and Chief […]

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The advantages of travelling to the Islands during October

Quiet Season in Aran The Aran Islands are certainly a wonderful place to visit during the Summer, but there are also many advantages to traveling to the islands during October. The ferry services finish at the end of October, as the seas start to get very wild in Doolin from the beginning of November. From […]

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Inis Oirr Ferry

Island People – Considering a life on the Aran Islands

A life on the Aran Islands is certainly something one would dream about. A life surrounded by fishing, farming, culture and nature. However, it may not be suited to everybody. We looked into rent, schools and services, to see how feasible that life really is. Houses are available to rent on the Aran Islands at […]

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Dun Aonghasa on Inis Mor, Aran Islands.

Dun Aonghasa

Europe’s Famous Ringfort Dun Aonghasa, which has been given the description as “the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe” stands at the edge of a 100 metre high cliff on the largest of the Aran Islands, Inis Mór. This amazing site is over 300o years old! It’s located just over 7 km from Kilrónan so […]

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O'Brien's Tower at Cliffs of Moher with sunset

O’Brien’s Tower

O’ Brien’s Tower on the Cliffs of Moher O’ Brien’s Tower on the Cliffs of Moher stands proudly looking out on the Atlantic Sea. After several months of restoration and conservation work the tower has been fully restored.  You can now visit it all year round. Visitors can use the tower’s top floor viewing platform […]

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A horse pulling a cart on the Aran Islands

The Aran Sweater

The Aran Sweater or Gensaí Arann (also known as a Fisherman’s Jumper) is a traditional icon of the Aran Islands and worldwide symbol of Irish-ness. The original jumpers were hearty sweaters with cable knit patterns on the chest and sleeves. Most were traditionally made in a cream colour. The un-scoured sheep’s wool was used to […]

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