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Coney Island

Coney Island is one of several Islands with the same name off the coast of Ireland. The history of this island gave its name to the arguable more famous Coney Island in the US. The name ‘Coney Island’ is derived from Gaelic and translates to ‘the island of rabbits’ – given to it because of the large number of rabbits which surrounded the island. Coney Island is the most famous of the three islands and is just off the northern coast of the Coolera peninsula.

To get to Coney Island, you can make your way to Rosses Point and hop on a boat, although the most popular way of accessing the island is by way of Cummen Strand when the tide is out. A trip out to Coney Island will see some beautiful Irish scenery including some pristine beaches which Sligo is famous for. When you reach the island you can enjoy a picnic whilst exploring or McGowans pub, the only pub on the island, might tempt you for a pint of the black stuff.

If you are interested in history and heritage then it’s recommended to keep an eye out for the faerie ring and the napoleopic star shaped forts. The island also has some famine structures which still remain on the island as well as the elusive St Patrick’s wishing chair, St Patrick’s well and the remains of a washed up whale. Definitely makes for an interesting excursion for all of the family.
The best time to visit the island is from April until October.

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