Inchydoney

Inchydoney

Inchydoney (often misspelled Inchadoney) is a small island, now connected to the mainland by two causeways, in West Cork, Ireland, about 1 hour 5 minutes drive to the west of Cork City. The nearest town is Clonakilty.

Tourism The generous beach has achieved the coveted Blue Flag status. There are two halves to the beach; either side of the headland. Lifeguards who work for Cork County Council are on duty at the weekends in June, July, August. There is an award winning 4 star Hotel located behind the headland called Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, or many visitors choose to stay in nearby Clonakilty Town in Hotels such as O'Donovan's Hotel.

History (as described in Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837).
Island, The. INCHYDONY, a parish, partly in the Eastern Division of the barony of EAST CARBERY, but chiefly in the barony of IBANE and BARRYROE, county of CORK, and province of MUNSTER, 1 1/2 mile (S.) from Clonakilty; containing 1445 inhabitants. It is situated on the bay of Clonakilty, in which is the island from which it takes its name. In 1390, De Courcy, Baron of Kinsale, and his brother Patrick, were put to death by the Irish of Carbery under the command of Daniel Moel McCarty Reagh. In 1584, the island, having escheated to the Crown, was granted by Queen Elizabeth to the Bishop of Ross. After the battle of Clonakilty, in 1642, 600 of the Irish forces fled towards this island as a place of refuge; but the tide setting in at the time, they were all drowned before they could reach it. An extensive strand surrounds the base of the island, which is dry at low water; it comprises more than 1000 acres of rich alluvial soil, which might be reclaimed from the sea and brought into profitable cultivation. The parish contains 2502 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is fertile and in a state of high cultivation; it is principally under tillage, with some rich pasture; the system of agriculture is improved, and there is neither waste land nor bog. Sea manure is obtained in abundance, and is brought in by sand boats and lighters daily. The principal seats are Island House, that of T. Hungerford, Esq., pleasantly situated in a retired and sheltered part of the island; and Dunowen, of Geo. Sandes, Esq., occupying an interesting site on the mainland. The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Ross, formerly united to those of Kilgarriffe, Castleventry, Kilkerranmore, Ardfert, and Desart, from which it was severed in 1829, and now solely constitutes the prebend of Island in the cathedral of Ross, with which are held the vicarages of Kilgarriffe and Desart, and in the patronage of the Bishop; the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of F. Townsend, Esq. The tithes of the prebend amount to £260, and of the benefices held with it, to £250. In the R. C. divisions the parish is partly in the union of Clonakilty, and partly in that of Rathbarry. Near Dunmore is a rich vein of lead ore, containing nearly 15 per cent, of pure silver; it is close upon the shore, but has not been worked with perseverance. On an elevated site in the north-western part of the island are the ruins of the old church.

Images of Inchydoney


Map of Cork West Cork showing the location of Inchydoney





The Clonakilty-Inchydoney Road (© 2007 Inchydoney.net)


The Model Village on the Clonakilty-Inchydoney Road


The Clonakilty-Inchydoney Road, heading towards Inchydoney


Inchydoney Strand, and Inchydoney Headland


Inchydoney Strand, on Inchydoney Island, which is near to Inchydoney


Inchydoney Headland circa 1989. Cars used to park on grassy areas before the car park was surfaced.


The front of the old Inchydoney Hotel circa 1993. From the left there was a bar, a lounge, hotel reception, restaurant, hotel rooms, apartments, basketball courts (out of shot)


Inchydoney Headland circa 1950-1969. Note the lifeguard building and slipway have not yet been built on the headland.

County Cork (Contae Chorcaí in Irish) is the most southwesterly and the largest of the modern counties of Ireland. The county is often referred to as the "Rebel County" because it has often taken a position in major conflicts different to that of most of Ireland. The county's tourist attractions include the Blarney Stone and Cobh (formerly Queenstown) which was the Titanic's last port of call. The remote west of the county, known as West Cork, is a popular destination for tourists, who visit the small villages and islands including Sherkin, Clear, and Dursey and on the mainland Mizen Head which is the "southwesternmost point in Ireland".

Inchydoney is located centrally in West Cork proper, which is a popular tourist area with every town having numerous Hotels, Guesthouses (also known as Bed and Breakfasts or B&Bs) and Holiday Homes (also known as Self Catering).

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