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Bliain in Inis Oírr, Episode 4

Inis Oírr lies 6 miles off the coast of Connemara. With over 250 inhabitants it is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. While embracing progress and change, this rocky outpost has managed to retain much of its traditional island way of life. Inhabited by communities whose everyday language is Irish, the Aran Islands are immediately striking for being a desert of rock where there is scarcely any shelter, no mountains or woodland to be found. What pasture there is has been largely man made. James Joyce once wrote that these islands could be the place to go to find the real Ireland — something that has particular resonance today. Filmed from January to December 2010, “Bliain In Inis Oírr” is a four part series that follows a diverse mix of individuals living on the island. From new-comers to those who have lived there for generations, audiences will be given an insight to day-to-day island life and the reasons why each of these people has chosen to make this magical, yet harsh, place their home. Each of the four episodes features one particular season, highlighting seasonal activities and festivals as well as the passage of time through the changing weather and vegetation of the island.

Bliain in Inis Oírr, Episode 3

Inis Oírr lies 6 miles off the coast of Connemara. With over 250 inhabitants it is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. While embracing progress and change, this rocky outpost has managed to retain much of its traditional island way of life. Inhabited by communities whose everyday language is Irish, the Aran Islands are immediately striking for being a desert of rock where there is scarcely any shelter, no mountains or woodland to be found. What pasture there is has been largely man made. James Joyce once wrote that these islands could be the place to go to find the real Ireland — something that has particular resonance today. Filmed from January to December 2010, “Bliain In Inis Oírr” is a four part series that follows a diverse mix of individuals living on the island. From new-comers to those who have lived there for generations, audiences will be given an insight to day-to-day island life and the reasons why each of these people has chosen to make this magical, yet harsh, place their home. Each of the four episodes features one particular season, highlighting seasonal activities and festivals as well as the passage of time through the changing weather and vegetation of the island.

Bliain in Inis Oírr, Episode 2

Inis Oírr lies 6 miles off the coast of Connemara. With over 250 inhabitants it is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. While embracing progress and change, this rocky outpost has managed to retain much of its traditional island way of life. Inhabited by communities whose everyday language is Irish, the Aran Islands are immediately striking for being a desert of rock where there is scarcely any shelter, no mountains or woodland to be found. What pasture there is has been largely man made. James Joyce once wrote that these islands could be the place to go to find the real Ireland — something that has particular resonance today. Filmed from January to December 2010, “Bliain In Inis Oírr” is a four part series that follows a diverse mix of individuals living on the island. From new-comers to those who have lived there for generations, audiences will be given an insight to day-to-day island life and the reasons why each of these people has chosen to make this magical, yet harsh, place their home. Each of the four episodes features one particular season, highlighting seasonal activities and festivals as well as the passage of time through the changing weather and vegetation of the island.

 

Bliain in Inis Oírr, Episode 1

Inis Oírr lies 6 miles off the coast of Connemara. With over 250 inhabitants it is the smallest of the three Aran Islands. While embracing progress and change, this rocky outpost has managed to retain much of its traditional island way of life. Inhabited by communities whose everyday language is Irish, the Aran Islands are immediately striking for being a desert of rock where there is scarcely any shelter, no mountains or woodland to be found. What pasture there is has been largely man made. James Joyce once wrote that these islands could be the place to go to find the real Ireland — something that has particular resonance today. Filmed from January to December 2010, “Bliain In Inis Oírr” is a four part series that follows a diverse mix of individuals living on the island. From new-comers to those who have lived there for generations, audiences will be given an insight to day-to-day island life and the reasons why each of these people has chosen to make this magical, yet harsh, place their home. Each of the four episodes features one particular season, highlighting seasonal activities and festivals as well as the passage of time through the changing weather and vegetation of the island.

A new stock of porter

A new stock of porter was brought in this morning to the little public house underneath my room and I could hear in the intervals of our talk that a number of men had come in to treat some neighbours from the middle island, and singing many songs, some of them in English of the kind I have given, but most of them in Irish. A little later when the party broke downstairs, my old men got nervous about the fairies – they live some distance away – and set off across the sand hills – JM Synge, The Aran Islands (1906).

A ghost from Christmas Past

RTÉ  released a magical seasonal treasure from the Archives. The short film was first broadcast as a segment on the programme ‘Davis at Large’ in 1984. Filmed on the smallest of the Gaeltacht Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, it features Saintí’s visit to the island’s children at the local airstrip. Among the children to speak on camera is local singer MacDara Ó Conaola (then 6 years of age).

Notably, the film was the directorial debut of Declan Lowney who went on to direct Moone Boy, Alan Partridge Alpha Papa and Father Ted. The opening titles of this ground breaking satirical comedy feature an aerial view of Inis Oírr and the Plassy ship wreck on the so-called fictional Craggy Island.

Watch the footage of ‘Davis at Large’ 1984 on the RTE Archive at 

Listen to resident Inis Oírr sean nós singer MacDara Ó Conaola recalling Santa’s visit to Inis Oírr in 1984 in an interview with Ryan Tubridy at 

Ghost of Christmas Past

It’s So Easy by MacDara

It’s so Easy performed by MacDara Ó Conaola, traditional and sean-nós singer from Inis Oírr.

MacDara will be hosting a concert at 9pm on Friday 15th September at Áras Éanna arts centre on the island.  The performance will be of approx. 1 hour in duration. This event takes place during Feile na gClcoh.

Footage: JesseJames