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

  • Coffee morning +

    There is a coffee morning tomorrow Tuesday the 19th of February 11 to 1.00pm in the community hall. There will be a talk on the Care and Repair Scheme.... Read More
  • Art on the Edge +

    BAVA presents Art on the Edge by Roxane Permar on Saturday the 16th of February 2.30- 4.30 in Sherkin Community Hall all welcome.

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  • Mindfulness +

    Hi everyone,
    Just a reminder the Mindfuless will be on tomorrow Tuesday the 4th of February in the community hall at 10 to 12. See you there.

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  • Sherkin Island Regatta 2018 +

    Come to Sherkin on Sunday 1st July for the 2018 Sherkin Regatta!

    This is the annual event when all the local coastal rowing teams like to bring hoards of their supporters for a fun day of rowing races. There’ll be

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