Presentation on theme: "The Aran Islands History and Landscape. Here, on the very edge of Europe, is an Island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in."— Presentation transcript:
Here, on the very edge of Europe, is an Island rich in the language, culture and heritage of Ireland, unique in its geology and archaeology and in its long tradition of gentle hospitality. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. This is an island of great peace and tranquility, but it is also an island of great fun and activity.
A timeless land in an endless sea, weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people, this is Aran in Galway bay on the west coast of Ireland...
Facts The Aran Islands consist of three Islands –Inishmore (or Inis Mórin in Irish) –Inishmaan (Inis Meánin – „the middle island“) –Inishere (Inis Óirr – „the south island“)
The Aran Islands Located just off the coast of western Ireland About 40 kilometers of Galway Area of 47 square kilometers 1000 inhabitants
Galway Bay and the Aran Islands from space. Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, NASA GSFC I R E L A N D Galway Bay Galway The Arans Inishmore Inishmaan Inishere The Western Island
Inishmore Inishmore is the largest of the three islands ‚Capital‘ of the Arans Its principle village is Kilronan The most famous site is the great stone fortress of Dun Aonghasa…
History – Settlers (2) Winds erode most of the land Islanders create new soil (film) out of beach sand, seaweed, fish meal, manure (Dünger) Potatoes and other vegetables Living conditions are hard – people are poor
History (3) When Ireland converts to Christianity –Several Churches and monasteries are built –English Empire (Cromwell) plunders several forts on Inishmore in the late 17th century –Later islands stay untouched
Today Settlers still fishermen and farmers Tourism brings money – 250,000 visitors each year Government and European Community help with funds Islanders are members in global community and preserve their own cultural heritage