17th December

The Leenane Inspector

Leenane Inspector

In the summer of 1990, James Wyatt is sent to investigate water pollution problems in Leenane in the west of Ireland. Middle aged, with issues, he soon becomes entangled in a web of greed, intrigue, and danger. He also finds love.

Wyatt's first meeting with local fisherman Tommy Joe O'Malley is antagonistic but later improves, and their relationship becomes a key factor underpinning the story. He also befriends a local priest campaigning against gold mining near Croagh Patrick. Wyatt is perceived by the locals as an outsider, and nicknamed ‘The Inspector’…

The drama plays out against the beautiful but rugged Connemara landscape, and forces Wyatt to re-examine his life.

Full review in the Autumn edition of Inshore Ireland, ((November 26).  

Available at:

Duffys Bookshop,Westport and Books at One, Louisburgh, Co Mayo; Charlie Byrnes, Galway, or directly from the author, Brian Grehan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

€16 (incl p&p). In aid of Sightsavers Charity 

Clean Coasts' Ocean Heros 10th anniversary

Nominations for An Taisce’s Clean Coasts’ Ocean Hero Awards 2016 are now open, marking the 10th anniversary of the programme that honours the contribution by Ireland’s coastal communities towards conserving the coastline.

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The Clean Coasts group on Inisbofin help to maintain the pristine condition of Ireland's coastal areas. Photo Gillian Mills

Over 500 Clean Coasts groups are recognised across categories that include: Individual of the Year; ‘Newcomer of the Year’; ‘School of the Year’; ‘Business of the Year’; ‘Beach Clean of the Year’ and ‘Think Before you Flush’ awareness raising award.

Read more: Clean Coasts' Ocean Heros 10th anniversary

'At Swim' and 'Wild Swimming in Ireland'


12.3 book reviews

At Swim

Sea swimming is the great leveller, we’re all the same in a pair of togs. No one minds who you are or what you’ve done, the question is, “are you getting in?”’

And so began Brenan MacEvilly and Michael O’Reilly’s journey around Ireland, experiencing the places and people who daily, weekly or occasionally dip in their favourite spots – some well-known; others hidden gems – but all unique to the swimmers.

Wild Swimming in Ireland

Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge are no strangers to the marine environment having a live-long affinity with the waters that wash their birthplace of Co Down.

A swimming and diving coach from Hillsborough, Maureen has been swimming in the sea, loughs and rock pools ‘since I was very young and my childhood ambition was to swim the English Channel’ which she achieved in 2009.  Maureen always keeps a swimsuit in her car.

Reviews and reader competition copies to be won. Details: INSHORE IRELAND Summer edition: Deadline September 16

Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Fáilte Ireland has launched a 'mobile friendly' website (www.irelandsancienteast.com) to showcase Ireland’s Ancient East and support its domestic marketing campaign, based on 5,000 years of Irish history on the east and south regions. Visitors to the website can experience stories and uncover hidden gems through 400 pieces of content.Ireland's Ancient East

Glendalough, Co Wickow, founded in the 6th Century by St Kevin and Sea Stallion of Glendalough, a replica viking ship launched in 2004 and visited Dublin in 2007. Photos Gillian Mills

The website builds on Fáilte Ireland investment and work in the region, including €2.3m in capital investment allocated to 25 projects under the New Ideas in Ancient Spaces initiative.

Read more: Ireland's Ancient East goes mobile

Take nothing but photos; leave nothing but footprints

In 2015, Inisbofin achieved SAC status and 'eco certification', and is the first 'Leave no Trace' island.

The island boasts diverse habitats from pristine beaches; sheltered coves and sand dunes; sea cliffs and stacks, to bogs, hay meadows and rolling hills. Sheep farming, fishing and seaweed foraging by day and traditional music drifting on the evening breeze, make up a complete package to inspire all visitors.


The Leave no Trace network currently includes seven businessess that have adopted the core principles:

  • plan ahead and prepare
  • be considerate of others
  • respect farm animals and wildlife
  • travel and camp on durable ground
  • leave what you find
  • dispose of waste properly
  • dispose of waste water properly and minimise the effects of fire

"This is not an island that is about packing in the daytrippers, nor to rush to for the nearest viewpoint and back to catch the last ferry. It's a place to hike, bike, picnic, swim, fish, soak up the history, eat local seafood or lamb, and relax the night away, listening to traditional music and stargazing...." remarked Mary Mulvey, CEO Ecotourism Ireland.

Double-page feature in Spring 2016 edition of Inshore Ireland


Fanad Lighthouse opens its doors on spectacular views

Fanad Head Lighthouse on the northern tip of Ireland, surrounded by Mulroy Bay and Lough Swilly, has opened its doors to guided tours and unique self-catering accommodation. 

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Standing 22m and overlooking the Atlantic, the latest lighthouse to open under the Great Lighthouses of Ireland brand, will be managed by local community group, Forbairt Fhánada Teoranta.

Read more: Fanad Lighthouse opens its doors on spectacular views

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