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Clew Bay

Clew Bay
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Overlooking Murrisk and Clew Bay
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Location County Mayo
Coordinates 53°50′N 9°48′W  /  53.833°N 9.800°W  / 53.833; -9.800 Coordinates: 53°50′N9°48′W / 53.833°N 9.800°W / 53.833; -9.800
Native name Cuan Mó  (Irish)
Etymology English name: "bay of hurdles"

Irish name: "Modh's harbour"
River sources Bunowen river network, Owenmore river network, Newport river network, Srahmore river, Carrowbeg River, Moyour River, Owenglasbreen Stream, Owenwee River, Owennabrockagh river, Rossow river[1]
Ocean/sea sources Atlantic Ocean
Basin countries Ireland
Islands Clare Island
Settlements Louisburgh, Lecanvey, Murrisk, Westport, Newport, Mulranny

Clew Bay (/ˈkl/; Irish: Cuan Mó) is a natural ocean bay in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland. It contains Ireland's best example of sunken drumlins.

The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick to the south and the Nephin Range mountains of North Mayo. Clare Island guards the entrance of the bay. From the southwest part of the bay eastwards are Louisburgh, Lecanvey, Murrisk, and Westport; north of Westport is Newport, and westwards from there lies Mulranny, gateway to Achill. From the south side of the bay, between Clare Island and Achill, Bills Rocks can be seen.

History [ edit ]

Map c. 1890

The bay was anciently known in Irish as Cuan Mod[h] ("Mod Harbour") or Modlind ("Mod Pool"), and was associated with the Fir Bolg.[2][3][4] Some writers claim that this name derives from Modh, one of the Tuatha Dé Danann.[5] Another possibility is the Old Irish mod, moth, which meant "penis"; it is possible that the bay was imagined as a penis thrusting into the land.[6]

Another old name is Cuan Umaill ("harbour of Umhaill"), which was rendered in English as "Bay of the Owly", and then "Bay of the Owles." The English names Bay of Borace, Horrus, Baragh and Boruce are all recorded, all references to Burrishoole (Buiríos Umhaill). The name Clew Bay, of uncertain origin, first appears in a 1714 map; it may be derived from cliath, "hurdle".[7]

Clew Bay was the focus of the O'Malley family possessions in the Middle Ages, and is associated especially with Grace O'Malley or Granuaile. She is known as the Pirate Queen who commanded a fleet of ships and maintained several castles, including those on Clare Island, Achill and Rockfleet.

During the Irish Civil War in July 1922, 400 Free State troops were landed at Clew Bay to take Westport and Castlebar from Anti-Treaty forces.

Inishgort Lighthouse [ edit ]

Inishgort Lighthouse stands on the island of Inishgort, 5 km (3.1 mi) from Murrisk.

Fish farming in Clew Bay [ edit ]

In recent years there has been controversy over fish-farming in the bay. "The Organic Salmon Company" is based in Clare Island.[8]

Gallery [ edit ]

Islands of Clew Bay [ edit ]

The bay is also home to Dorinish, a private island purchased by John Lennon in 1967.[9] Glenans Ireland, a non-profit sailing school, had a branch on Collanmore Island where sailing was taught.[citation needed]

Legend has it that Clew Bay has 365 islands in it—"an island for every day of the year". The large number of drumlins at the east end of the bay gave rise to this myth, but in fact there are not so many.

Drumlin islands, sandbars, and rocks [ edit ]

This chart shows the relative positions of the islands, sandbars, and rocks in the eastern half of Clew Bay. There are 141 named islands and islets within the bay.[10]

86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96
96 Inishkeel Inishbobunnan

(Unnamed)
Beetle Island North

Inishlim
95 Moynish More Black Rock

Inisherkin
Inishgowla

Beetle Island South

Inishnacross
Inishtubrid Inishquirk Illannambraher Roslynagh Gobfadda

Kid Island East
Forillan

Illanavrick

Camel Island
94 Moynish Beg Inishcooa

Roeillaun
Inishdeashmore

Inishdeashbeg
Inishilra

Inishcarrick

Inishcorky
Inishdasky

Inishcoragh

(Unnamed)
Freaghillanluggagh Inishdaweel

Muckinish

Illanascraw
Inishturlin Rabbit Island
93 Inishcannon Inisheanmore Rock

Carrickachorra

Carricklahan
Freaghillan West

Inishkee
Freaghillan East

Inishcuill West

Inishfesh
Inishcuill

Carrickwee
Rosbarnagh Island

Carrigeennaronty
92 Inishoo Illanmaw

Inishgowla
Mauherillan

Inishlaughil
Inishmolt

Inishbollog
Inishdaff Inishloy
91 Inishbee Calf Island

Derrinish
Inishcottle Illannaconney

Inishnakillew
Inishturk Beg
90 Rabbit Island Knocky-Cahillaun

Quinnsheen Island
Freaghillan

Moneybeg Island

Clynish

Illaunnamona
Carrigeenglass North

Trawbaun

Carrigeenglass
Atticlea Island
89 Island More Collan Beg Collan More

Carrigeenglass South
88 Inishgort Inishlyre
87 Dorinish More Inishlaghan Crovinish

Carrickwee
Illanataggart

Rocky Island
86 Creggandillisk Dorinish Beg

Inishimmel
Inishleague Inishgowla South

Inishraher
Forillan

Carrickawart Island

Finnaun Island
Stony Island Cleavlagh Strand
85 Carrickataha Bartraw

Inishdaugh
Inisheeny Corillan

Carricknamore
Green Islands Carricknacaly Monkellys Rocks

Inishweela

Illanroe
84 Cahernaran Island Annagh Island West

Sruffanbaun Strand
Annagh Island East

Illanatee
83 Annagh Island Middle

Roeillan

See also [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ http://www.wfdireland.ie/docs/1_River%20Basin%20Management%20Plans%202009%20-%202015/WRBD%20RBMP%202010/Water%20Management%20Unit%20Action%20Plans/Clew%20Bay%20WMU_190310.pdf
  2. ^ society, Irish archaeological and Celtic (April 15, 1844). "Publications". Society. – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Dunraven, Edwin Richard Windham Wyndham-Quin Earl of (April 15, 1877). "Notes on Irish Architecture0: II". Gge Bell – via Google Books.
  4. ^ O'Rahilly, Thomas Francis (April 15, 1946). "Early Irish History and Mythology". Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies – via Google Books.
  5. ^ Survey, Great Britain Ordnance; O'Donovan, John; O'Flanagan, Michael (April 15, 1927). "Letters Containing Information Relative to the Antiquities of the Counties [of Ireland: Mayo. 2 v" – via Google Books.
  6. ^ "eDIL - Irish Language Dictionary". www.dil.ie.
  7. ^ "Cuan Mó/Clew Bay". Logainm.ie.
  8. ^ "Organic Salmon - Irish Organic Salmon". www.theorganicsalmoncompany.com.
  9. ^ McVeigh, Tracy (2012-09-22). "For sale: John Lennon's dream island where King of the Hippies reigned". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-04-24.
  10. ^ "The Story of Clew Bay from Granuaile to John Lennon". irishtimes.com. The Irish Times. Retrieved 11 May 2020.

Other projects [ edit ]

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