This website is a history of Scattery Island or Inis Cathaigh as it is also known. The island sits snugly on the Shannon Estuary near the town of Kilrush and because of its setting has experienced and seen much of Ireland’s history up close. In the 6th century, Senan a local monk returned from Europe and set up a monastery on the island, it was later invaded by the Vikings who were pursued in the 10th Century by Brian Boru. The monastery was disbanded in the reformation era and later became a garrison for the British who feared the French and Spanish. The Spanish did visit the island when retreating from the English in 1588. The last settlement of people came to the island in the mid-nineteenth century and although the island is now uninhabited, their descendants still live in the surrounding mainland. The island is now managed by the OPW.
This website is created by a group of volunteers, from The Scattery Island Heritage Group.(create link here to Time section with more info on the group) We’re always interested in new recruits, so if you’re interested please contact us.
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