Inis Meáin (Inishmaan): Background information when reading The Dazzling Truth

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The Dazzling Truth

A Novel

by Helen Cullen

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Inis Meáin (Inishmaan)

This article relates to The Dazzling Truth

Inishmaan Harbour Inis Óg, the island home of the Moone family in The Dazzling Truth, might be a fictional location, but exploring the real small coastal islands of Ireland can offer an idea of what it would be like to live where the characters do. Well-known examples include the Aran Islands, three limestone islands known individually as Inis Mór (Inishmore), Inis Meáin (Inishmaan) and Inis Oírr (Inisheer). With their total population hovering at around one thousand, the islands are sparsely inhabited by humans but boast a wide variety of flora and fauna.

The least populated of the Islands, and likely the closest representation of the fictional Inis Óg, is Inis Meáin, which has around 200 residents. Residents still speak Irish Gaelic, and their reliance upon ancient traditions and the fishing trade can provide visitors a window into times past and a vision of how beautiful a simple life can be. With hand-stacked stone walls, plenty of cormorants and endangered ...

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