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THE ARAN ISLANDS
The three Aran Islands are situated across the mouth of
Galway Bay about 30 miles from Galway City, less than
seven miles from thenearest point in either Co. Clare
According to legend Galway Bay was once a large
lake known as Loch Lurgan which in ancient times
eroded its banks, leaving the Aran Islands forever
battling against the mighty waves of the Atlantic ocean.
THE ARAN ISLANDS are well-known and attract visitors
from all over the world; their unique culture and heritage
continue to inspire world-famous writers and artists.
The islands have become synonymous with some of the
finest writers and painters of this century, among them the
dramatist J.M.Synge and writer Liam O'Flatherty, a native
of Inishmore. Artists like Jack B Yeats, Seán Keating,
Harry Clarke and many more were frequent visitors.
The antiquities of The Aran Islands include primitive
stone fortsand dolmens,very old Christian churches and
other remains thatsurvive from early Christian times as
well as mediaeval castles.
All that, as well as scenic beauty, has helpedto attract the
attentionof film-makers, artists, writers and scholars,and
ordinary touristsdown through the years.