Aran Islands


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Ar·an Islands

 (ăr′ən)
Three small islands of western Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay. They are noted for their Iron Age ruins and for their distinctive knitware.

Aran Islands

pl n
(Placename) a group of three islands in the Atlantic, off the W coast of the Republic of Ireland: Aranmore or Inishmore (the largest), Inishmaan, and Inisheer. Pop: 1280 (2002). Area: 46 sq km (18 sq miles)

Ar′an Is′lands


n.pl.
a group of three islands off the W central coast of Ireland. ab. 18 sq. mi. (47 sq. km).
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Noun1.Aran Islands - three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Galway Bay - a bay of the North Atlantic on the west coast of Ireland
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IRELAND'S WESTERN ISLANDS: INISHBOFIN, THE ARAN ISLANDS, INISHTURK, INISHARK, CLARE & TURBOT ISLANDS.
RESIDENTS of the Aran Islands will today launch a campaign opposing a proposed helicopter service from Galway Airport.
Tenders are invited for the lighthouse on straw island is built on a small sandy island at the eastern entrance to killeany bay approaching inishmore, which is the largest of the aran islands.
The panoramic sweep of the rocks -- the Aran Islands and Galway Bay in the distance, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara right up to the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry -- provides countless photo ops.
Garrity lives an artist's dream, traveling back and forth between the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland and France's Loire Valley, drawn by the stone he carves and the beauty of the landscape.
Galway has many places of interest to visit like the peaceful Connemara National Park and the remote Aran Islands with events like the Galway Races, from July 29-August 4 and the Clarenbridge International Oyster Festival, from September 13-15.
The photographs present a wide range of subjects, from family and friends, the setting in which the photographer's family lived, waterways and industry, archaeology, and western Ireland with a focus on the Aran Islands.
What is it about the Aran Islands that makes them so special to visitors from around the world?
From the cliffs you can see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins, the Maum Turk Mountains in Connemara and Loop Head to the south.
Thus A is for Aran Islands, B is for Blarney Stone and Brian Boru, C is for the Celtic Cross, and D is for faerie Dullahan.
The two friends were thrown into the water midway between Inishmore - the largest of the three Aran Islands - and Rossaveal in Connemara, Co Galway at around 10.
According to Gibbons, resources for the hunter gatherer camps would have included migrating salmon, large stocks of eels, and fish, seals and shellfish in and around Galway Bay as far as the Aran Islands.