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Public houses

Pattens Lounge Bar, Derreens   098 45172
Lavelles Seaside House, Dooega  098 45116


A view of Clare island from Dooega

A view of Clare island from Dooega


Cholaiste Samhradh Irish summer school

Tá an cholaiste séo seite i Gceartlár an T-sraidbhaile Dú Éige.Tagann alán Scolairi chuig an ait gach samhradh chun gaeilge a labhairt.

Colaiste Acla is an activity based Irish Adventure Centre.The coláiste provides a wide variety of adventure sport & Irish language.This Irish college is situated in the heart of Dooega village. A lot of students come every summer to practice their Irish language. This is an environment where learning takes place in a relaxed, interesting and interactive way. The students stay  locally with people in the district.

You can contact the Coláiste at:

(01) 2834366/(086) 2310377

    Callsave:1850 200483

Tel/Fax (098) 45336

Bi ag labairt an teanga


Yawl racing

Yawl Racing

Cumann badóirí Acla are engaged at promoting this old custom which goes back to the end of the last 19th century and to the turning of the 20th century.The number of yawls entering the race every year is increasing.The competition is usually sponsored by Udarás NA gaeltachta and many other various sponsors from the area. In 1997 the Bádoiri Acla was revived by Dr.Jerry Cowely, Chairperson Martin McGinty, Vice Chairperson Una Ní Lochlann, Secretary Josie Mcloughlin. The yawl races usually take part throughout the Island and presentations are held in pubs throughout the island This is an event that should not be missed while on Achill.


The lifeboat

The Lifeboat

The Achill life boat

The Achill life boat was launched in July 1996. It is stationed at Cloughmore. It's one of a number of lifeboats on the western coast, another being stationed at Ballyglass, Bellmullet. It is a great asset to the local people of the area and it has also saved many lives.

The crew consists of:

Justin Kilbane Mike Wilson
Finbar Cafferkey Kevin Honeyman
Noel Duggan John Joyce
Arthur Knipe Alan Wray
Tommie Kilbane Stephen McNulty (Mechanic)
Dave Curtis Mary O Malley
Damien Tallon Tony English
Matty Stafford Bill Turner
Elizabeth Lynch Bob Kingston
Anthony Gielty Tom Honeyman
Paddy McNulty Dr Paddy Linneen
Paddy Kilbane (098 45159)  

Books from the area

Noírín Gannon was born in the area and has written three books on Achill the First was "A guide to Achill" published in 1989. Her second book was an in-depth history on her Native Achill this was called "Achill's past," published in 1990. In 2001 Noirin launched her first poetry Book called "Words from an island". Noírín has a great love and passion not only for her history but also for the culture and music of Ireland. She has also demonstrated her love for Heritage through her interview on the discovery channel on "Stories of the west of Ireland".Irish is her first language.  She is presently doing a diploma in heritage and humanities at the G.M.I.T Castlebar.

Should you need any information on the area you can contact Noírin by writing to her at:

Achill island,

Telephone No 098 45726/086 6002780

Employment in the area

VTOS Achill
Tel./Fax.: (098) 45184

VTOS commenced in Achill in January 1993. VTOS Achill used premises in Alice's Harbour Inn on this occasion. The course commenced with twelve participants in the first year & has continued to grow. The course continued successfully in this premises for nine years.

During the year 2002, the school in Dereens became available & VTOS Achill move to this premises in April. The course now has twenty participants which concentrates mainly on Information Technology.

Courses include:

Word Processing Spreadsheets
Databases Data Text Production (DTP)
Text Production Art
Maths Communications
Office Procedures Internet
ECDL Computerised Accounting

Fás in the area
Fás has played a major role in the Chilldamhnait area, both Cé bheag and the Graveyard at Chilldamhnait are a prime example of their good work. Fás are also working on the pier in Dooega.


Last updated:   © 2004 Noírín Gannon. All rights reserved.