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Owey Island

Owey Island
Native name: Uaigh
Owey Island is located in island of Ireland
Owey Island (Ireland)
Location Atlantic Ocean
Area 1.214 km2 (0.469 sq mi)
Highest elevation 102 m (335 ft)
Highest point Moylemore
Province Ulster
County Donegal
Population 0 (as of 2011)

Owey Island (Irish: Uaigh, meaning "Cave",[1][2]) is an island of the Atlantic Ocean belonging to County Donegal, Ireland.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • History 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The island is around 300 acres[3] (1.2 square kilometres) in area. It lies off the Donegal coast near Kincasslagh.[2] The island's highest hill, Moylemore, is at 102 m.[4] The buildings of the island are located on its southern part, being the northern one rocky and exposed to winds. On Owey there is no mains electricity or public water supply.


The table reports data taken from Discover the Islands of Ireland (Alex Ritsema, Collins Press, 1999) and the Census of Ireland. Owey Island was full-time inhabited up to the mid 1970s. Later on it only had part-time residents, mainly at summer. Most of them own old cottages inherited by ancestors who used to permanently live in the island.


Abandoned schoolhouse; the new house at the right appears to be in use seasonally.
Overall view from the neighbouring Cruit Island.

Plenty of fish in the waters surrounding the island and the land that, fertilized with seaweed, was suitable for growing vegetables, allowed a simple lifestyle to more than one-hundred people. Turf was used to heat the homes; some of the islanders used it also to heat the equipment to produce single malt and liquors.[2]

In the olden days Owey had a post office and a school, which closed in 1971; its remains are still there. It had just one teacher in charge of the primary education of all ages, while for their secondary education children had to be sent to the mainland.

See also


  1. ^ "Uaigh". Placenames Database of Ireland.  
  2. ^ a b c "Donegal Islands - OWEY". WeLoveDonegal. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Owey Island, County Donegal, Ireland". UK Ltd. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Donegal NW Area - Moylemore (Owey Island) Hill". MountainViews.  

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

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