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Inishbofin, County Donegal

Native name: Inis Bó Finne
Inishbofin, County Donegal is located in island of Ireland
Inishbofin (Ireland)
Location Atlantic Ocean
Area 1.2 km2 (0.46 sq mi)
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Population 11 (as of 2011)

Inishbofin (Inis Bó Finne in Irish, meaning Island of the White Cow) is an island off the coast of Machaire Rabhartaigh (Magheraroarty), County Donegal, Ireland.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Inishbofin as seen from Machaire Rabhartaigh, with Tory Island visible in the distance, October 2011.
Inishbofin as seen from Toraigh

It is a 120-hectare (300 acre) land mass long known as a fishing and farming village, a place where generations of inhabitants have spoken Irish. The current population numbers about 36.[1] There are no pubs or shops on the island. There is a boat service to and from it but no regular ferry.

It is the largest of a small group of islands; the others, Inis Dúiche and Inis Beag, lie to the north and are uninhabited.


Inishbofin's population dropped in 110 years from 150 (1901) to 11 (2011).

The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Census data in Ireland before 1841 were not complete and/or reliable.

See also


  1. ^ The Islands - facts and figures from Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann

External links

  • Inishbofin Island - The Island Website with information on the island and its history.
  • Inis Bó Finne - information from Comhdháil Oileáin na hÉireann
  • Inishbofin, Donegal - a first-hand account – with photographs – of one American's visit
  • Historical Map of Inishbofin
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