Sherkin Island

Sherkin Island (from the Irish Inis Earcáin) lies southwest of County Cork in Ireland alongside other islands of Roaringwater Bay. It has an average population of 100 people, measures 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide (5 km by 3 km). The island has a primary school, two pubs with a hotel, B&B, community centre and a church.

Sherkin has its own special character. A West Cork anecdote has it that Sherkin's residents live off their art: island craft, paintings and book writing all inspired by Sherkins tranquil lifestyle. The busiest season starts with school summer holidays when people with young families visit the island. The busiest day of the year is a celebration of Sherkin Regatta, usually held on the 3rd weekend in July, but which is postponed to August if weather does not allow. On this day the island is crowded with sea rowers and their fans. Children's activities, music and food stalls are all part of this Sherkin fair.

Sherkin was once a busy island and had a population of around 1,000, which started diminishing during the Great Irish Famine in the mid-19th Century. Now the population is reduced and varies greatly between the summer and the winter months, with increases in summer as people return to holiday houses and tourists arrive. People from all over the globe discovered this secluded spot and consequently settled down here, these include: Americans, Australians, Canadians, Danish, French, Germans, British and Russians.

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Sherkin News

  • Baltimore Drama Group - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof +

    For one night only on Sherkin...Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
    Where: Islander's Rest
    When: Wednesday, 1st April. 08:00 pm, € 5.00
    Late Ferry at 00:30
    See you there.



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  • Sherkin Island Friary +

  • At Your Service – Sherkin North Shore +

    At Your Service – Sherkin North Shore

    Mike and Kathy O’Connor wish to let everyone in Sherkin, and all of their friends, know that Sherkin North Shore will be highlighted on the “At Your Service” TV programme on Sunday, February

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  • Island Funding secured until the end of 2015 +

    Fine Gael Cork South West TD, Noel Harrington, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the news that funding for the Development Offices on non-Gaeltacht islands is confirmed for the remainder of 2015, while a longer term plan is worked out.

    “The Minister

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